Thu, Jun 19, 2003 - Page 5 News List

Pyongyang insists on its need for a nuclear deterrent

REUTERS AND AP , SEOUL

The nuclear dispute flared in October when US officials said North Korea admitted it had a clandestine nuclear program in violation of a 1994 agreement with Washington.

The US and its allies suspended fuel shipments promised under the 1994 deal, and Pyongyang retaliated by expelling UN monitors, restarting frozen facilities capable of making nuclear bombs and withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

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