Monday, December 18, 2006

N Korea demands end to sanctions


North Korea says it will not consider halting its nuclear programme unless UN sanctions imposed after it tested a nuclear device in October are lifted.
The condition was part of the North's tough opening statement as six-nation talks on the issue resumed in Beijing after a one-year suspension.

The North warned it would increase its nuclear deterrent if its demands were not met.

The US said it was "running out of patience" with the North.

The Beijing talks also include China, Japan, Russia and South Korea.

Correspondents say the North often adopts a tough initial stance as a negotiating ploy.

The North's delegation is expected to meet the Americans directly later on Monday. ...

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