PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea is warning that it will keep developing its nuclear program if the United States continues to "stifle" the country.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman made no direct threat Tuesday of a nuclear test but said North Korea feels compelled to strengthen its "nuclear deterrent" in the face of U.S. hostility.
However, the spokesman said North Korea is open to dialogue to resolve the standoff.
The statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency was a response to a warning by the Group of Eight nations of more sanctions if North Korea conducts provocative acts.
There is concern that North Korea may carry out a nuclear test after a failed attempt to launch a long-range rocket last month. The North insists it was a peaceful bid to send a satellite into space.