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US has means to verify North Korea statement -Rice
Reuters ^ | June 28, 2008 | Susan Cornwell

Posted on 07/01/2008 6:59:11 PM PDT by CutePuppy

US has means to verify North Korea statement -Rice

(Adds amount of plutonium, other details)

By Susan Cornwell

KYOTO, Japan, June 26 (Reuters) - The United States believes it has the means to verify North Korea's estimate of its nuclear programmes, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday.

North Korea was expected to declare between 30-50 kg (66-110 lb) of plutonium in the document, given to the Chinese government on Thursday, a senior U.S. administration official said separately, but added that "our estimates are greater".

Verification, which meant calculating and resolving differences in estimates, could take "months and months" he said.

"We believe we have ... the means by which to verify the completeness and accuracy of this document," Rice told reporters in Kyoto, Japan, where she is attending a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) countries.

"For instance, in order to verify the plutonium number that the North Koreans have given, we have been given documents, but we also are expecting access to the reactor core, to the waste pool," she said, referring to North Korea's nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.

Neither Rice, nor the senior official who also spoke to reporters in Kyoto, have seen the declaration, which is some 60 pages long, but expect to get it shortly. [ID:nSP59087]

"This is an important first step, but a first step reward denuclearisation, which means a verifiable end to all North Korea's nuclear programmes," Rice said.

The senior official said efforts were being made to set up a meeting soon of the lead negotiators in the six-party talks that led to the agreement requiring North Korea to produce its nuclear accounting. Those countries are the two Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and the United States.


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: condi; geopolitics; korea; nkorea; northkorea; proliferation; rice; wmd; wmds
"Trust, but verify" - Ronald Reagan. And we have much better and many more means now (with the help of genuinely interested regional allies) to monitor any nuclear activity by North Korea. Most importantly, China is no longer too keen on having an unstable poor and desperate neighbor with unpredictable nuke program.
1 posted on 07/01/2008 6:59:12 PM PDT by CutePuppy
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Yeah, the Red Chinese are getting all the documentation (we can trust our trading buddies) and they did show that nifty video where they blew up that tower.

Sheeesh, and they make that poor lady unload this load of horse crap.

2 posted on 07/01/2008 7:03:56 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (Truth: The anti-drug war.)
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