North Korea Still Balking Over Nuke Shutdown

Action slow until aid comes through: officials
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2007 3:17 AM CST
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(Newser) – North Korea is still dragging its feet in disabling its nuclear program, Reuters reports. The slowdown, which began last week, is due to delays in delivery of energy aid promised to North Korea as part of a deal reached earlier this year, authorities said. "We have no choice but to take measures to adjust," said a Pyongyang official, referring to the pace of dismantling the country's nuclear facilities.

Shipments of fuel to North Korea began months ago but have been delayed by unspecified "technical issues," said authorities. A US official said fuel shipments would continue. Under the deal, North Korea was scheduled to shut down its nuclear facilities by the end of this year and provide full details of all nuclear programs.