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North Admits Sale of Missiles Abroad

June 17, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

North Korea admitted for the first time that it has sold missiles abroad and plans to keep doing so, openly challenging international efforts to curb global missile proliferation. U.S. officials have said for years that they have evidence that North Korea was selling Scud missiles to Iran and Syria. But the Clinton administration's efforts to persuade North Korea to curb or stop such sales have made no progress. "We will continue developing, testing and deploying missiles," said a statement by the North's official news agency, monitored in Seoul, the South's capital. "Our missile export is aimed at obtaining foreign money we need at present."

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