Tougher N Korea sanctions likely

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The Independent Online
WASHINGTON - The United States may soon call for tough UN economic sanctions against North Korea because it has again refused to allow international supervision of its nuclear materials, writes David Usborne. North Korea, suspected of developing nuclear bombs, has said it would consider the sanctions an act of war. The crisis deepened after inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency were prevented last week from monitoring the removal of spent fuel rods from the Yongbyon reactor. There are fears that the rods are being diverted to the suspected bomb programme. Reuter