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Reactor issue a matter for new talks: N.Korea

September 22, 2005

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea appeared to back
away on Thursday from a threat to put conditions on its pledge
to give up its nuclear arms, saying the matter should be
discussed in a new round of six-party talks in November.

“All these issues can be discussed at the forthcoming
talks,” North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon said.

“All the issues should be resolved on the basis of
simultaneous actions,” he added in an interview with news
agency reporters.

He had been asked whether his country was imposing
conditions on the agreement reached this week in Beijing among
North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United
States.

In a landmark agreement struck on Monday in Beijing among
North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United
States, Pyongyang had agreed to give up its nuclear weapons
programs in exchange for aid, security guarantees and increased
diplomatic recognition.

Pyongyang sowed confusion over the deal a day later by
vowing to keep its weapons until Washington provided it with
energy-producing civilian reactors.