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WASHINGTON -- North Korea's claim of having built a new uranium enrichment facility could have serious implications for U.S. national security but may be nothing more than a "publicity stunt," Obama administration officials said Monday.
Officials also tried to calm fears raised by the disclosure that Pyongyang had built a small but advanced industrial-scale facility, presumably giving North Korea a new facility for producing fuel for nuclear weapons, saying it has not created a crisis.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called on the North to return to the six-party talks between Pyongyang and the U.S., South Korea, China, Russia and Japan.