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N. Korea said resuming nuclear plant work

N. Korea said resuming nuclear plant work
This photo released by U.S. researchers who visited North Korea, shows the cooling tower at the Yongbyon Nuclear Center in North Korea on February 14, 2008. U.S. and North Korean negotiators met on Tuesday for hurriedly arranged talks as Washington tries to revive a sputtering process to eliminate North Korea's nuclear programs. (UPI Photo/ Siegfried C. Hecker) | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The United States indicated Wednesday it wasn't changing its stance on North Korea despite reports that Pyongyang had resumed construction of a nuclear plant.

White House National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe told CNN that Washington would only remove North Korea from its list of terrorism sponsors when North Korea agreed to independent verification that the nuclear complex at Yongbyon was being disassembled.

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An unconfirmed report from Japan's Kyodo news agency said that North Korea had resumed reassembly of the Yongbyon facility, apparently as a protest over not being taken off the U.S. terrorism list.

"We and our partners in the six-party talks have made clear to North Korea that we need a credible verification protocol, and as soon as have it, we will remove North Korea from the terror list," Johndroe said. "North Korea knows what it needs to do at this point."

CNN said the sticking point appears to be Pyongyang's refusal to permit unannounced inspections at all of its nuclear facilities.

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