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Tuesday, 4 December, 2001, 12:07 GMT
North Korea threatens military build-up

North Korea has warned it will build up its military to counter what it called the United States' strong-arm policy.

An editorial in the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper said North Korea was compelled to increase its military capabilities for self-defence to cope with US attempts to stifle the communist state.

The warning comes just days after the North Korean foreign ministry threatened to take unspecified counter-measures unless Washington changed its policy towards Pyongyang.

North Korea has accused the US of using its anti-terrorism campaign to boost its forces in South Korea.

But experts say the angry rhetoric is likely to be a bargaining ploy by North Korea.

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