US: N. Korea's nuke claim provocative, not surprise

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 22, 2010 05:12




SEOUL, South Korea  — The US special envoy for North Korea said Monday that Pyongyang's claim that it has a new uranium enrichment facility is provocative and disappointing but not a crisis or a surprise.

Stephen Bosworth's comments, following a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, came as the United States and the North's neighbors scrambled to deal with Pyongyang's revelation to a visiting American nuclear scientist of a highly sophisticated, modern enrichment operation that had what the North says are 2,000 recently completed centrifuges.

"This is obviously a disappointing announcement. It is also another in a series of provocative moves" by North Korea, Bosworth said. "That being said, this is not a crisis. We are not surprised by this. We have been watching and analyzing the (North's) aspirations to produce enriched uranium for some time."


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