North Korea continues to bluster in preparation for Cheney's visit. Also this might be an indicator that their assessment is that the U.S. and the Japanese are distracted by events in Iraq, so its a good time for the Koreans to ratchet up their rhetoric.
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Last Update: Saturday, April 10, 2004. 7:30am (AEST)
N Korea on 'brink of nuclear war' with US
North Korea has issued its latest pronouncement in its diplomatic stoush with the United States, saying it is on the brink of nuclear war with the US.
Pyongyang has dismissed the recent multilateral talks on the region as fruitless.
The Korean Central News Agency says Washington is "driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war".
It argues Pyongyang has no choice but to step up its push for nuclear weapons.
In February, six nations, including North Korea and the United States, held talks in Beijing.
Pyongyang is describing the negotiations as "fruitless" and blaming Washington for the lack of progress.
US Vice-President Dick Cheney is about to begin a tour of the region.
The nuclear crisis will be high on his agenda.