NKorea: US wants 'too much' for dropping sanctions

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December 25, 2006 06:30

The lifting of US financial restrictions against North Korea won't automatically lead the communist regime to freeze its nuclear programs, a news report said Monday. The North's main nuclear negotiator, Kim Kye Gwan, told South Korea's Dong-a Ilbo newspaper that the US wants "too much" in exchange for dropping the financial sanctions imposed for the North's alleged counterfeiting of American currency and money laundering. "The US is trying to win a nuclear freeze at once just by lifting the financial sanctions, but that's not possible," Kim was quoted as saying in Beijing on Saturday. Kim said the North could only start discussions on freezing its nuclear programs if the restrictions are lifted.


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