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Saturday, 20 September 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - North Korea has not restarted its nuclear plant at Yongbyon but is moving "closer and closer" to doing so, the US State Department said Friday.

North Korea, accusing Washington of breaking a six-country nuclear disarmament deal, said Friday it is working to restart its atomic reactor and no longer wants US concessions promised under the pact.
 
North Korea is moving "closer and closer to that point of operationalizing Yongbyon again," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.
 
"They haven't got that point yet and we would urge them not to get to that point," he added during the daily briefing.
 
"They have a choice. They can go down the pathway of having different and better relationship with the world... or they can keep themselves isolated, move the process backward. So we'll see," he said.
 
"I don't think we're to the point yet of there having fully reversed what they have done," he said.
 
The hardline communist state, which tested an atomic weapon in October 2006, began disabling its ageing reactor and other plants at Yongbyon last November under a six-country pact with South Korea, the US, Japan, China and Russia.
 
But it announced last month it had halted work in protest at Washington's refusal to drop it from the US blacklist of countries supporting terrorism, as promised under the deal.
 
Washington says the North must first accept strict outside verification of a nuclear inventory which Pyongyang handed over in June.

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