North Korea blasts US-South Korea drills (AP)

In this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service in Tokyo,  North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, second from left, shakes hands with Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming as he visits the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Saturday, March 1, 2008.  (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)AP - North Korea threatened to bolster its nuclear deterrent Monday in response to U.S.-South Korean war games, striking a discordant note after a week of cultural diplomacy that raised hopes of warmer ties between Washington and Pyongyang.

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