U.S. wants North Korea declaration by February

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The United States wants North Korea to provide a complete declaration of its nuclear programs before a new government is inaugurated in South Korea next month.

That according to the top U.S. nuclear envoy.

The date marks a new deadline for the North after it failed to make a promised declaration to Washington's satisfaction by the end of 2007.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill spoke to reporters today after meeting with South Korea's president-elect. Hill expressed hope the North can complete its previously agreed-to steps to declare its nuclear facilities and disable them, so it can move on to the task of completely dismantling them.

The North said last week it had already provided the U.S. with the declaration, but Washington says Pyongyang has not yet given a complete accounting.

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