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Talks on nukes

South Korean delegates, led by Minister of Unification Chung Se-hyun, attending the 8th ministerial level talks in Pyongyang beginning October 19 are expected to urge North Korea to respect the 1994 Geneva Agreed Framework, a high-ranking government official said Friday. South Korean ministers would further the government’s position to keep the peninsula nuclear weapon free in addition to inquiring about allegations of North Korea’s admission to a secret nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang has admitted possession of enriched uranium, a material that could be used in nuclear weaponry without testing. South Korea’s Minister of National Defense Lee Jun estimated that North Korea had accumulated up to 12 kilograms of plutonium prior to the 1994 agreement, which could produce two weapons in the 5 to 10 kiloton range.

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