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North Korea urges nuclear buildup on nation's founding anniversary

2017-09-10 09:24:31       source:Straitstimes

September 9, 2017

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's state media marked the nation's founding anniversary on Saturday (Sept 9) with calls for a nuclear arms buildup, in defiance of mounting international sanctions.

South Korea's military said it was keeping close tabs on the North amid speculation it could stage a missile launch or another nuclear test to mark the 1948 establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - North Korea's official name.

North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on Sept 9 last year, and then carried out a sixth a week ago, saying it was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a missile - prompting global condemnation and calls for further sanctions.

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