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North Korea has said it will not scrap its nuclear programme until it is given a civilian nuclear reactor, undermining an agreement reached 24 hours earlier.
Pyongyang agreed on Monday to dismantle its nuclear programme in return for aid and security guarantees, following six-nation talks.
The BBC's Charles Scanlon says that the North's new statement looks like a recipe for continued deadlock.
Both Japan and the US have rejected Pyongyang's demand for a reactor.
Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said the North's demand was "unacceptable", Kyodo News agency reported.
"Winning these commitments from North Korea is part of President Bush's overall effort to restore the Clinton-era atmosphere of trust on the Korean peninsula," said Mr. McClellan. "For our part, we'll continue to prop up Kim Jong-Il's decadent, oppressive dictatorship in exchange for his commitment to remain in power thanks to the legitimacy that this deal gives him."
Under the terms of the draft agreement, North Korea's official name -- the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) -- will change to the more accurate Tyrannical Megalomaniac's Empire of Korea (TMEK), an honest acknowledgment of Kim Jong-Il's dictatorial cult-of-personality rule.
Originally posted by bodrul
i am curious is north korea under international sanctions similer to what Iraq was?