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Bolton Calls N. Korea Threat to World

Posted September. 12, 2006 06:56,   


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said on September 10 local time that North Korea’s nuclear program is posing a threat to the world.

The ambassador said in a meeting organized by the American Jewish Congress that North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world, but has a means of producing nuclear weapons with financial resources coming form counterfeit money and sales of drugs and weapons.

Bolton also pointed out that Pyongyang is likely to sell its nuclear technologies, highly enriched uranium (HEU), and nuclear weapons to countries ready to pay hard currency, which makes it a threat not only to Northeast Asia but also to the entire world.

Meanwhile, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill, Washington’s top delegate to the six-party talks, met with Unification Minister Lee Jong-suk and Vice Foreign Minister Yoo Myoung-hwan and discussed a possible resumption of the nuclear talks yesterday during his visit to Korea.

At the Incheon International Airport, Hill told journalists that the U.S. is ready to have a one-on-one dialogue with the country at Pyongyang’s disposal as long as it returns to the negotiating table.

“North Korea never comes down once it climbs up the tree. They have to take responsibility for their illegal activities,” he said with regard to Pyongyang’s refusal to rejoin the talks.

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