DPRK's uranium enrichment program breaches its int'l obligations: Steinberg

17:25, January 26, 2011      

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South Korean protestors hold banners and shout slogans during a rally against U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg's visit in Seoul, capital of South Korea, on Jan. 26, 2011. (Xinhua/Park Jin Hee)

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, in Seoul Wednesday for talks with South Korean officials, said the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) that its claimed uranium enrichment program runs counter to its international obligations.

"It's very important that the international community send a strong message that the uranium enrichment program, indeed any uranium enrichment program by North Korea (DPRK), would be inconsistent with its international obligations, with Security Council resolutions and with its own commitments under the 2005 joint declaration," Steinberg told reporters after meeting with South Korean foreign minister Kim Sung-hwan.

Pyongyang recently claimed it has built a highly sophisticated facility to enrich uranium, while expressing its willingness to return to the stalled six-party nuclear talks.

Steinberg, who arrived in Seoul earlier in the day as part of his Asian tour, also briefed South Korean officials on the outcome of the Beijing-Washington summit. South Korea has welcomed the outcome of the summit, saying it is "in line with" its policy direction regarding DPRK issues.

Steinberg's Asian trip will also bring him to Japan and China.

Source: Xinhua

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