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North Korea says it will expand its nuclear arsenal

Announces it will use all its atomic facilities in effort

SEOUL — North Korea said Tuesday that it would put all its nuclear facilities — including its operational uranium-enrichment program and its reactors mothballed or under construction — to use in expanding its nuclear weapons arsenal, sharply raising the stakes in the standoff with the United States and its allies.

The announcement by the North’s General Department of Atomic Energy came two days after the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, said his nuclear weapons were not a bargaining chip and called for expanding his country’s nuclear arsenal in ‘‘quality and quantity’’ during a meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.

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