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Officials say reactor will be restored

September 20, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

North Korea upped the ante in the standoff over its nuclear program, confirming that it is restoring its key Yongbyon reactor and saying it no longer cares to be removed from the U.S. terrorism blacklist.

A disarmament-for-aid pact offered removal from the list and energy aid if North Korea dismantled its nuclear program.

The government announced that it was undoing the disarmament process begun in November 2007 as part of a nuclear deal hashed out during talks with China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the U.S. Analysts said North Korea commonly uses such tactics to negotiate more generous terms.

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