N. Korea demands to be treated as nuclear power

North Korea opened nuclear arms talks this week by insisting that it be treated as a full-fledged nuclear power, but the United States said time was running out for Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and threatened more sanctions. US officials dismissed the communist regime's opening comments on Monday as unsurprising rhetoric, while the chief American delegate said it was time to move forward on disarmament. "The supply of our patience may have exceeded the international demand for that patience, and we should be a little less patient and pick up the pace and work faster," US negotiator Christopher Hill told reporters.