A senior State Department official said in a statement in Seoul that North Korea must play by international rules.
The countries need to encourage the North "to honor international agreements, such as the NPT and its safeguards agreement with the IAEA," Director of Policy Planning Mitchell Reiss said, referring to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the United Nations nuclear agency.
North Korea unilaterally pulled out of the NPT in January 2003 after expelling IAEA inspectors.
"North Korea cannot expect to be treated as a normal state unless and until it behaves like one," Reiss said.
Saturday, December 04, 2004
North Korea, in what amounts to an unsurprising announcement sets out its unhappiness with any limits being set on its nuclear program. Instead of holding its breath and turning blue, it once again threatens war over the suggested restrictions.