The United States is maintaining a tough line ahead of another round of talks with North Korea, which officials say could hinge on how Pyongyang treats a covert uranium enrichment program identified two years ago by American intelligence. U.S. officials said if Pyongyang continues to deny the program, which triggered the current nuclear controversy, six-party talks set to begin Feb. 25 in Beijing could collapse. U.S. efforts to stem the spread of weapons of mass destruction have been boosted by Libya’s recent decision to abandon its nuclear weapons program and the confession by Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, that he sold nuclear secrets to Libya, Iran and North Korea. Full Story
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