U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cast doubt on Saturday on reports North Korea had pledged to stop nuclear tests, saying it seemed bent instead on escalating the crisis. News reports had raised hopes of an easing of tension on Friday by saying North Korean leader Kim Jong-il told China’s special envoy Tang Jiaxuan this week that he planned no further nuclear tests. But Rice met Tang in person in Beijing on Friday and then told reporters travelling with her from there to Moscow that he had given no sign that China had achieved such a diplomatic breakthrough. Full Story
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