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North Korea Shows ‘nuclear Deterrent’ To U.S. Dele

Sun Jan 11, 2004 2:14 am

Way to go President Bush, could be another victory under your belt if you can get North Korea under control.


North Korea shows ‘nuclear deterrent’ to U.S. delegation
Americans say they will not give details of visit until they report to Washington
Nuclear scientist Sig Hecker speaks to the press on arrival at Beijing's airport after returning from an unofficial visit to North Korea Saturday.
MSNBC News Services
Updated: 11:01 a.m. ET Jan. 10, 2004BEIJING - Members of an unofficial American delegation to North Korea said Saturday they visited the disputed Yongbyon nuclear facility but wouldn’t say what they saw until they report to Washington, which is trying to arrange a new round of six-nation talks on ending the standoff over the North’s nuclear ambitions.

The five Americans, who returned Saturday to Beijing, were allowed to see everything they requested, said John W. Lewis, a Stanford University professor emeritus of international relations.

“We did go to Yongbyon,” Lewis said, referring to the nuclear facility that has been closed to outsiders since the North expelled U.N. inspectors at the end of 2002.

“As everybody knows, the United States compelled the DPRK (North Korea) to build a nuclear deterrent,” the official North Korean news agency KCNA, monitored in London, quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.

“We showed this to (delegation head John) Lewis and his party this time," the spokesman was quoted as saying.

The Americans wouldn’t say how much time they spent at Yongbyon or what else they saw. They said they couldn’t give more details until two delegation members who are on the staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee report Washington.

Others on the trip were Sig Hecker, a former director of Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico, and Jack Pritchard, a former staff member of the U.S. National Security Council and a former State Department official.

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