North Korea Vows To Restart Nuclear Facilities

(April 2, 2013)--North Korea is vowing to restart its mothballed facilities at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, which were closed in 2007 as part of an international nuclear disarmament deal.

The announcement Tuesday comes after weeks of warlike rhetoric from North Korea, including threats to launch nuclear strikes against the U.S.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he fears North Korea is on a collision course with other nations that could lead to war.

He said the isolated Asian nation appears to be "on a collision course with the international community" amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, said "the current crisis has already gone too far" because of escalating tensions raised by North Korea's threats of war almost daily against the United States and South Korea.

He said international negotiations are urgently needed but he is "convinced that no one intends to attack" North Korea.

Pyongyang has sought disarmament-for-aid talks with Washington and more domestic loyalty by portraying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a powerful commander.

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