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Kim Jong-Il, leader of North Korea (file photo) (epa) June 1, 2006 -- The United States today rejected a North Korean offer for a U.S. envoy to visit Pyongyang for talks on the country's controversial nuclear program.


White House spokesman Tony Snow said there would be no bilateral talks with North Korea, and any negotiations will take place within a six-nation framework.


North Korea had made the invitation with the condition that the United States relax its financial restrictions on Pyongyang.


(Reuters)

Who's Got The Bomb?

DECLARED NUCLEAR-WEAPONS COUNTRIES:

country warheads (est.) date of first test

United States 10,500 1945

Russia 18,000 1949

United Kingdom 200 1952

France 350 1960

China 400 1964

India 60-90 1974

Pakistan 28-48 1998

North Korea 0-18 2006

Notes:

Israel is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons, but it has not declared itself a nuclear-armed country.

South Africa constructed six uranium bombs but voluntarily dismantled them.

Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine all gave up the nuclear weapons that were on their territory when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

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