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Powell: N. Korea a 'terrorist state'

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, on a mission to restart talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, Sunday branded North Korea a “terrorist state” that shows “no respect whatsoever for human rights.”Powell arrived in China from Tokyo, where he told the news media that naval maneuvers beginning Monday off the Japanese coast and a new U.S. law intended to promote North Korean human rights were not meant as “hostile acts” against North Korea. Regarding talks to end the dispute over North Korea’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons, Powell said, “We are not out of time.” But in a meeting later with Japanese reporters, Powell used his harshest language to date to describe North Korea, a communist nation that may have as many as eight nuclear weapons.Full Story

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