North Korea to declare its nuclear programme: Report

June 25th, 2008 - 10:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Seoul, June 25 (DPA) North Korea is to present an eagerly-awaited detailed declaration of its nuclear programme Thursday, South Korean media said Wednesday. The country will hand over a formal declaration of its nuclear programme, also detailing its nuclear facilities and stockpiles to China, the host of six-party talks, South Korea’s public broadcaster KBS and the news agency Yonhap reported, citing sources in Seoul.

North Korea’s declaration will, however, only list the country’s plutonium stock. The country is not expected to reveal information regarding the number of nuclear weapons at its disposal.

The regime in Pyongyang had suggested to hand over the information Thursday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Monday.

US State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said the US expected not only information about North Korea’s plutonium programme, but also about a suspected campaign for uranium enrichment and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Both plutonium and highly-enriched uranium can be employed to build nuclear weapons.

According an agreement reached by nuclear negotiators from China, the United States, Japan, South Korea and Russia in the six-party talks, North Korea’s complete declaration should have been presented by the end of 2007.

In exchange for its cooperation, North Korea receives substantial economic and energy aid.

The US agreed to drop the internationally isolated state from its blacklist of terrorism-supporting countries and to lift trade sanctions once the declaration was submitted.

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