N.Korea to China: Future nuclear tests hinge on US

October 23, 2006 03:02


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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has told a Chinese envoy his country has no immediate plans to conduct another nuclear test but that US policy toward Pyongyang will determine the future, a news report said. Kim made the remarks to Chinese envoy Tang Jiaxuan during talks last week in Pyongyang to discuss the North's first-ever nuclear test on Oct. 9, Kyodo News agency reported Sunday from Beijing, citing unnamed officials familiar with the discussions. Kim told Tang that while there is no plan to hold a second nuclear test for the moment, North Korea would have to respond if the United States continued to pressure the country, according to Kyodo. Officials at China's Foreign Ministry in Beijing had no immediate comment. Japanese Foreign Ministry officials were not available. In Seoul, South Korean nuclear envoy Chun Yung-woo said he had no information on whether North Korea would conduct a second nuclear test, and that there was no indication the North was interested in resuming disarmament talks.

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