Friday, July 25, 2008

North Korea “to Stay on Terror List Until Verification Is Agreed”

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun to agree to a verification protocol in a meeting of foreign ministers from countries in the six-party talks in Singapore.

On Thursday, it emerged that the U.S. has told North Korea that it will not strike it from the list of state sponsors of terrorism until it agrees on this verification protocol for its nuclear programs and stockpiles.

The U.S. was expected to strike the North off the list on Aug. 11 but will hold off however long it takes for Pyongyang to agree on the protocol, according to a reliable source in Washington.

[Chosun Ilbo]

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