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Yomiuri: US, NK Mulling a Revised Verification Package

News2008-10-03
Yomiuri: US, NK Mulling a Revised Verification Package

A Japanese daily says the United States and North Korea are considering a verification package under which declared nuclear materials and activities and undeclared ones will be separately subject to verification.

Quoting various U.S. government officials Friday, the Yomiuri Shimbun said that under the verification package, North Korea would submit a limited verification plan to China, which will include verification of the North’s declared activities at its key nuclear facility in Yongbyon. Simultaneously, the U.S. would tentatively remove the North from a U.S. terrorism blacklist.

Following such steps, North Korea would then convey its willingness to cooperate on a comprehensive verification of its nuclear weapons, including suspicions over a secret program to enrich uranium for weapons.

By submitting a limited verification plan, Yomiuri said North Korea will be able to save face as it had repeatedly stressed that a nuclear verification plan and the North’s delisting from the terrorism list were two separate issues.

By including undeclared nuclear materials and activities, the package would also support the U.S. position which had stressed that verification is part of a declaration.

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