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U.S. Urges North Korea To Shut Nuclear Reactor --> Christopher Hill (file photo) (epa) May 31, 2007 -- The U.S. envoy to the stalled North Korean disarmament talks has called on Pyongyang to close its main nuclear reactor.

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said the United States and China were working hard to resolve an impasse over the return of North Korean funds that had previously been frozen in a Macau bank due to U.S. money-laundering accusations.

Hill said there was no reason why North Korea should not close its Yongbyon reactor as agreed under a six-nation nuclear disarmament accord reached in February.

The Proliferation Threat

The Arak heavy-water plant in central Iran (Fars)

BENDING THE RULES. Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, told an RFE/RL-Radio Free Asia briefing on January 9 that the West is hamstrung in dealing with Iran and North Korea because of the way it has interpreted the international nonproliferation regime to benefit friendly countries like India and Japan.


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