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North Korea denies uranium program, casts pall over crisis talks

North Korea rejected US allegations it has a weapons program based on enriched uranium, dampening hopes for a breakthrough on the eve of six-nation talks to address the country’s nuclear ambitions. In a reversion to its well-worn brinkmanship tactics, the foreign ministry in Pyongyang blamed Washington for the 16-month nuclear impasse and warned the talks starting Wednesday would fail without US flexibility. “If the US insists on putting forward fictitious calls on a highly-enriched uranium program, and condemning North Korea, this will only result in the prolonging of the nuclear question,” Xinhua quoted a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman as saying Tuesday. “If the United States administration had not put forward a hostile policy against North Korea, naming it as a part of the ‘Axis of Evil’, and broken the October 1994 DPRK-US Agreed Framework, then the present nuclear problem would never have emerged.” Full Story

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