Saturday, September 06, 2008

North Korea rebuilding nuclear plant, or negotiating?

South Korea has accused its northern neighbor of violating a nuclear disarmament pact, saying Pyongyang had begun working to restore its nuclear facilities. South Korea's foreign ministry says that the North had taken steps to rebuild its Yongbyon nuclear plant and expressed regret over the move.

The US played down Seoul's allegations, saying North Korea had only moved some equipment out of storage from its ageing nuclear plant in Yongbyon.

US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they viewed North Korea's moves more as a negotiating tactic.


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