SEOUL, 15 JUNE: North Korea today made a fresh vow to build up its nuclear deterrent in the face of “threats of war” from the USA and a “policy of confrontation” from the South. An editorial in Pyongyang’s ruling party daily, the Rodong Sinmun, said: “reckless” war exercises by the USA and South Korea could spark a nuclear war at any moment. “As long as the USA and South Korean puppets continue with nuclear threats and threats of war against us, we will… strengthen nuclear deterrence through every possible means,” it said. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was no different from her predecessor in taking up a policy of confrontation, the editorial said, accusing the South of deliberately sabotaging planned high-level talks. “Unless there is a fundamental switch-over in the policy of confrontation of the South’s ruling forces, dialogue and improvement in relations between the North and the South cannot be realised forever,” it said. afp