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DPRK warns no more dismantlement

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s government may stop dismantling its nuclear facilities unless Japan provides the DPRK with energy assistance under a six-party deal, Kyodo news agency said.

The statement was made by a Beijing-based senior DPRK diplomat on December 29, Kyodo quoted Japanese parliamentarian Yoshihiro Kawakami, who earlier met with the diplomat in the Chinese capital, as saying.

He also strongly criticised Japan’s policy of refusing to provide energy aid until there is progress in resolving a bilateral dispute involving the abduction of Japanese nationals, parliamentarian Kawakami added.

Under last year’s six-party deal, the DPRK was promised energy aid equivalent to a total of 1 million tonnes of heavy fuel oil in exchange for the dismantlement and for submitting a list of its nuclear programmes.

Japan’s backing away from its obligation constitutes a ”violation of the agreement,” the diplomat was quoted as saying. –

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