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N Korea 'serious about nuclear weapons'

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said the North Korea "crisis has gone too far" after Pyongyang announced plans to restart its main Yongbyon nuclear complex. Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Andorra, Mr Ban called for urgent talks with the North.

The move by Pyongyang is the latest in a series of measures in the wake of its third nuclear test in February. North Korea has been angered by the resultant UN sanctions and joint US-South Korea annual military drills.

Speaking on the Today programme Jean Lee, who is Korea bureau chief for the Associated Press based in Seoul, told presenter John Humphys "this is one of the first concrete things that North Korea's doing to show that it is serious about the threats that it has made."

"They are serious about building up their nuclear weapons," she said.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 2 April 2013.

  • 03 Apr 2013
  • From the section Asia