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North Korea admits its nuclear programs are weapons related: US

North Korea acknowledged that most of its nuclear programs are weapons related, during the recent six-party talks to resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula, US Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly said. “While they said they wanted to maintain a civil nuclear program, they also acknowledged that most of their nuclear programs are weapons related,” Kelly told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in his first public briefing since returning from the third round of the six-party talks in Beijing last month. North Korea has refrained from stating publicly that it has nuclear weapons, although it speaks of an existing “nuclear deterrent.” Kelly said the North Korean delegation at the talks “clearly identified” a five-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon as a nuclear weapons facility. Full Story

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