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North Korea has reassured the U.S. that it will not develop
North Korea has reassured the U.S. that it will not develop its uranium enrichment program or cooperate with other countries in the nuclear sector, a high-ranking U.S. official said on Wednesday.

North Korea also assured the United States that it has no intentions of engaging in nuclear cooperation with other countries in the future, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said quoting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill

Two weeks ago Mike McConnell, the director of the United States intelligence service, said North Korea has broken the pledge it made last year to halt all nuclear activities, adding that, "While Pyongyang denies a program of uranium enrichment and they deny their proliferation activities, we believe North Korea continues to engage in both."

Hill also said that Pyongyang is ready to continue talks on its nuclear program and is ready to fulfill its obligations if the U.S. carries out its commitments in turn.

Pyongyang earlier accused the U.S. of failing to strike it off the list of states sponsoring terrorism and lift related trade restrictions, Washington's obligations under the six-party deal in November 2006.

Under an agreement reached last October between the United States, Japan, Russia, China, and North and South Koreas, Pyongyang was to halt its nuclear programs and provide full information on nuclear activities by the end of 2007 in exchange for economic and political concessions. However, the North missed the deadline, causing the six-way negotiations to stall.

Since the October deal, South Korea, China and Russia have each supplied North Korea with 50,000 metric tons of fuel oil.


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