North Korea is on the counter-attack against the Washington Post claims that it had a uranium enrichment program in addition to the plutonium-based one used to produce a nuclear test weapon in October 2006. North Korea says it isn’t so.
The Washington Post Saturday quoted unnamed U.S. and South Korean officials as saying the North has granted U.S. nuclear experts access to equipment and documents in order to contradict U.S. claims.
There has been no official comment from the United States or South Korea on the Washington Post report.
The international paper says North Korea’s current efforts are aimed at convincing the United States to lift foreign sanctions when Pyongyang positively gives an accurate account of its nuclear programs.
The declaration, part of an international disarmament agreement, is expected to come in one or two weeks.
U.S. charges of a large-scale uranium-enrichment program caused a previous nuclear disablement agreement relatively made in 1994 under President Clinton to collapse.
Under the latest international disarmament agreement, North Korea promised to dismantle its nuclear facilities and officially declare all of its nuclear programs by the end of this year. In return, it was promised energy assistance and political concessions. Disablement measures by U.S. experts are underway at the North’s Yongbyon nuclear complex.