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North Korea crisis 'gone too far', says UN's Ban Ki-moon

  • United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that the crisis in North Korea " has gone too far" after Pyongyang announced plans to restart its main Yongbyon nuclear complex.

    Ban made the comments at a news conference during a visit to Andorra and called for urgent talks with the North.

    The move by Pyongyang is the latest in a series of measures since it was sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council for a third nuclear test in February.

    Last week, North Korea declared it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea.

    The United States has urged China and Russia to convince Pyongyang to scrap its Yongbyon plans.

    The complex enables Pyongyang to make nuclear bombs in two ways - a uranium enrichment facility and a nuclear reactor, from which the spent fuel can be converted into plutonium.

    The reactor, which provided plutonium for North Korea's nuclear weapons program, was shut down in July 2007 as part of a disarmament-for-aid deal.

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