SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea says it will boycott planned
six-party talks in protest of a U.N. Security Council statement
condemning the country's recent rocket launch.
The announcement was contained in a statement released Tuesday
by the country's Foreign Ministry.
The statement also says that North Korea would bolster its
nuclear deterrent and continue to develop its space program.
The statement was the country's first reaction to the Security
Council's unanimous condemnation Monday over the April 5 rocket
launch, which Pyongyang says sent a satellite into space but
critics say tested long-range missile technology.
The council demanded an end to missile tests and said it will
expand sanctions against the reclusive communist nation.