Japan unaware N. Korea has met conditions for removal from US terror list

Japan, one of the six nations negotiating an end to North Korea's nuclear programs, said Tuesday that a decision by Washington to remove the communist nation from its list of terror sponsors would depend on "all kinds of conditions." North Korea said Monday that the United States had decided during meetings between the two sides in Geneva last weekend to remove the country from a list of terrorism-sponsoring states and lift sanctions against it. The US State Department did not immediately comment on the report, by the official North Korean news agency. Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura, who was in Australia for meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, said he expected to be briefed by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on North Korea's status on the US terror sponsor list.