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Pyongyang breaks international nuclear treaty
AFAR
12/13/2002



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According to an announcement made Thursday by North Korea's Foreign Ministry, Pyongyang will lift the moratorium on its nuclear development program. Since the US has not delivered the 500,000 tons of heavy fuel oil to North Korea this year as stipulated in the 1994 Geneva Agreed Framework, Pyongyang has decided to provide its own power supply by resuming its nuclear generation. Specifically, North Korea will restart operation of a closed nuclear power plant as well as build new facilities to generate power. In breaking the freeze on its nuclear program, Pyongyang has not officially admitted to even having a clandestine nuclear development program. South Korean officials have stated their dismay with their Northern neighbor's decision, hoping that the US and North Korea will uphold the Geneva Agreed Framework, and that Pyongyang will respect the treaty on its nuclear freeze.

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