U.S. rules out possibility of recognizing DPRK as nuclear-weapon state

08:56, April 22, 2010      

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The United States said on Wednesday that it would not accept the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as a nuclear-weapon country, urging Pyongyang to return to the six-party talks process.

"We will not accept North Korea as a nuclear-weapon state. Its current path is a dead end," said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, referring to the DPRK's demand for "an equal footing with other nuclear weapons states."

Pyongyang on Wednesday issued a memorandum on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula, voicing willingness to join "the international nuclear disarmament effort" if it would be recognized as an official nuclear-weapon state.

"If it comes constructively back to the six-party process, then there are opportunities available to North Korea for a different relationship with the United States. ... But they cannot expect a different relationship until they take specific actions first," said Crowley.

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