Thursday, February 10, 2005
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's (search) government publicly acknowledged for the first time that it has nuclear weapons, and said the communist state is suspending participation in six-nation talks aimed at getting it to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
"We had already taken the resolute action of pulling out of the (Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty) and have manufactured nukes for self-defense to cope with the Bush administration's evermore undisguised policy to isolate and stifle the DPRK," the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official state-run Korean Central News Agency.
The North also said it was "compelled to suspend our participation" in six-nation nuclear talks "for an indefinite period."
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