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UPDATED: 12:12, September 20, 2005
DPRK to return to NPT after US provides light water reactors
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The DPRK vowed on Tuesday that it would return to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) after the United States provides it with light water reactors (LWRs) for generating power.

"We will return to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and sign the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA and comply with it immediately upon the US provision of LWRs, a basis of confidence-building, to us," a spokesman of the DPRK Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement, which came after the second phase of the fourth-round six-party talks ended in Beijing on Monday, said the DPRK would not need a single nuclear weapon if its relations with the United States were normalized.

"What is most essential is, therefore, for the US to provide LWRs to the DPRK as early as possible as evidence proving the former's substantial recognition of the latter's nuclear activity for a peaceful purpose," he added.

The spokesman stressed that the basis of finding a solution to the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the United States is to wipe out their distrust and a physical groundwork for building mutual confidence is none other than the US provision of LWRs to the DPRK.

"The US should not even dream of the issue of the DPRK's dismantlement of its nuclear deterrent before providing LWRs. This is our just and consistent stand as solid as a deeply rooted rock, " the spokesman said.

"We have so far shaped our policies toward the US hardliners and will do so in the future, too," he added.

The spokesman stressed that the United States should really move toward the phase of "action for action."

If the United States insists on "the DPRK's dismantlement of nuclear weapons before the provision of LWRs," he said, "there will be no change in the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the US and its consequences will be very serious and complicated."

Source: Xinhua

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