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N.Korea bans U.S. official

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- North Korea Sunday said the country will not deal with U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton in any multilateral talks on its nuclear program.

The attack on Bolton as "human scum" apparently was in response to his comment last week when he referred to life in North Korea as a "hellish nightmare" and called North Korean leader Kim Jong Il a "tyrannical dictator," CNN reported.

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North Korea's official KCNA news agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying Bolton's remarks were quite different "from the recent remarks of the U.S. president" and that "such human scum and bloodsucker is not entitled to take part in the talks."

The spokesman also said North Korea would still participate in the talks to include North Korea, the United States, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia.

On Saturday, North Korea warned any attempt to bring the issue before the U.N. Security Council would derail the planned talks.

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