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UPDATED: 08:03, June 15, 2004
DPRK urges one-to-one pact with US
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Monday that it is necessary to settle issues with the United States through a one-to-one agreement under the principle of simultaneous actions.

"It is the only way leading to the process of building confidence, the most important issue in the present DPRK-US relations," the official Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary.

High-ranking US officials have said that there is no prospect for the construction of light water reactors (LWRs) and there can be no such concession as the resumption of LWRs construction.

"This clearly proves once again that it was the United States who scrapped the DPRK-US Agreed Framework," said the commentary.

According to the framework, which was adopted in October 1994, the DPRK will freeze its nuclear facilities in exchange for US help to build two LWRs and an annual supply of 500,000 tons of heavy oil.

However, Washington announced the suspension of heavy oil deliveries to the DPRK in November 2002 after accusing the DPRK of developing an "enriched uranium" program and halted LWR construction in December 2003.

"The LWRs issue taught us a serious lesson that there can be no relationship based on confidence with the US government as it scrapped the framework, regarding the document signed by its president as a pair of old shoes," said the commentary.

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