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KCNA Assails U.S. Frantic Moves for Development of New Type Nukes

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK

    Pyongyang, March 29 (KCNA) -- The United States reportedly worked out a five-year expenditure plan for the development of nuclear weapons including smaller tactical nukes and decided to increase the budget for the fiscal 2009 to 7.5 billion dollars. The U.S. Department of Energy has already asked for the allocation of 6.6 billion dollars, 400 million dollars more than the present fiscal year, for the development of nuclear weapons in the budget for the fiscal 2005.
    This plan is aimed to financially guarantee the U.S. moves to resume its nuclear test and develop nukes for the destruction of underground structures. The U.S. Congress has already approved the spending of 15 million dollars to intensify the research into nukes capable of deeply penetrating into underground facilities.
    It is well known that the Bush administration lifted the more than decade-old ban on the research into nukes and has pushed forward its moves to develop smaller nukes as evidenced by the organization of teams for ultra-modern warheads tasked to develop new type nuclear warheads and improved version of warheads at three nuclear research groups.
    The U.S. policy of developing nuclear weapons which fully reflects its ambition for world supremacy is a wanton violation and a challenge to the NPT.
    The U.S. moves for the development of nuclear weapons to monopolize nuclear weapons and increase nuclear capacity have been escalated since the emergence of the Bush administration.
    The report on the nuclear posture submitted by the U.S. Department of Defense in January 2002 said the U.S. should have a tactical and "flexible" nuclear capacity to cope with any unforeseen incident and stressed the need to develop smaller nukes aimed to destroy underground facilities.
    The U.S. is stepping up its arms race and moves to make nuclear weapons ultra-modern and conventional, fully disclosing its true colors as the largest nuclear criminal in the world.
    The DPRK is made the main target of the present U.S. nuclear strategy. The U.S. is working hard to put pressure on the DPRK with nukes and mount a preemptive strike at its major underground military facilities, economic objects, organs, enterprises, etc. with smaller nukes anytime.
    These undisguised moves of the U.S. for the development of nuclear weapons compel the DPRK to channel greater efforts into increasing its defence capacity to cope with them.
    The U.S. escalated nuclear threat and blackmail would only prompt the DPRK to bolster its deferent force.

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