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N North Korea Lying, Is Still On Terrorism List

From a disappointed Reuters:

U.S. says North Korea remains on terrorism list

Tue Sep 4

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Top U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill said on Tuesday that North Korea must do more to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme before it can be removed from Washington’s list of states that sponsor terrorism.

On Monday, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency quoted a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying the United States had agreed during bilateral talks in Geneva to take North Korea off the list.

“They are not off this list,” Hill told reporters in Sydney, which is hosting the annual meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. He flew in from Geneva, where he had met North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan over the weekend.

“Whether they get off will depend on further denuclearization,” added Hill, the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs.

Japan’s top government spokesman also said Tokyo had not heard of any U.S. decision to take North Korea off the list, which currently also includes Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

“The United States has told us that there would be no delisting until (North Korea) disables its nuclear facilities,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Kaoru Yosano told reporters.

North Korea was put on Washington’s blacklist in January 1988 after a North Korean agent confessed to the 1987 bombing of a South Korean passenger jet over the Indian Ocean that killed all 115 people on board…

The blacklist imposes a ban on arms-related sales, keeps the economically isolated country from receiving U.S. economic aid and requires the United States to oppose loans by the World Bank and other international financial institutions…

Just like in the case of Iran and Ahmadinejad, if the North Koreans are willing to lie so blatantly about something like this, why should we believe them about anything?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 4th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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