North Korea Makes Threat Over Missile Launch

Vows to restart nuclear plants if sanctioned
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2009 1:49 PM CDT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il inspects the newly built swimming complex at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang.   (Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
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(Newser) – North Korea said today it would reopen its nuclear facilities if the UN Security Council takes action over a planned missile launch, Reuters reports. If the UN adds sanctions against North Korea, Pyongyang said it would reverse the closing of both a nuclear reactor and its Yongbyon atomic plant, which was part of a pan-Asian deal signed in 2005.

“All the processes for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula ... will be brought back to what used to be before their start and necessary strong measures will be taken,” a statement warned. North Korea has continued to prepare a rocket for what it says is a satellite launch, but which international powers allege could double as a ballistic missile test.