North Korea prepared to blow up nuclear reactor: report

May 3rd, 2008 - 1:51 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, May 3 (DPA) North Korea is prepared to blow up the cooling tower of its nuclear reactor in Yongbyon within a day after the US removes the country from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the Washington Post reported. The story Friday citing diplomatic sources in Washington said the assurance was made by North Korea officials during recent talks and confirmed an earlier informal pledge by North Korea to destroy the tower as part of the disablement of Yongbyon.

The US has said it will remove North Korea from the terrorism list and ease sanctions in return for receiving a full documentation of its nuclear activity from North Korea.

North Korea has missed the December deadline set for it to provide the documentation of its production records at the Yongbyon facility and other nuclear activity. Of particular concern is North Korea’s plutonium production which can produce weapons-grade material.

The December deadline was set after the breakthrough February 2007 agreement with North Korea to dismantle its programme. The deal followed years of efforts by the international community - represented by China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the US - to get North Korea to dismantle its nuclear programme.

Last week, the US government revealed evidence it claimed showed that North Korea assisted Syria in the construction of the nuclear reactor destroyed by the Israeli military in September 2007.

The revelation appeared aimed at putting more pressure on North Korea to come forth with the information. US President George W. Bush said earlier this week that he disclosed the details of the Syria-North Korea cooperation to send a clear “message” to North Korea and Iran that they cannot hide their nuclear activity.

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