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N. Korea Still Denies Enriching Uranium

North Korean officials told an unofficial delegation of U.S. experts last week that the country has no clandestine program to enrich uranium, even though one member of the delegation had been present when a senior North Korean official admitted it during a meeting in October 2002, according to U.S. officials who were briefed on the trip. The North Korean government granted the delegation a day-long tour of its Yongbyon nuclear facility — and displayed what the North Koreans described as recently reprocessed plutonium. But the refusal to acknowledge the uranium effort has strengthened U.S. officials’ suspicions that last week’s display was intended to shift attention from that topic in upcoming six-nation negotiations. Full Story

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