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Pyongyang confesses nuke program
AFAR
10/17/2002



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Twelve days after Pyongyang acknowledged its existing nuke program when confronted with the evidence presented by US officials, Washington expressed its dismay and is actively consulting with Japan and South Korea to cope with this crisis.

North Korea’s admission indicates a clear violation of the 1994 agreement, in which Pyongyang promised to no longer develop nuclear weapons. In return, the US and others would help build two light water nuclear reactors to replace the plutonium-producing reactors that North Korea had been using.

The US State Department spokesperson suggested that this new development would halt the US effort to seek an improvement of bilateral relations. US Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly recently made a visit to Pyongyang in an effort to explore the possibility to enhance bilateral dialogues.

Many security experts are concerned that North Korea might resort to its nuclear weapons when feeling threatened or spread its nuclear technology to international terrorists.

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