North Korea Sticks on 'Axis of Evil' List

Rice says Pyongyang hasn't made progress on nuclear issue
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2008 5:33 AM CDT
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill speaks to media upon arrival at the Changi International Airport on Monday July 21, 2008 in Singapore.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The US will not remove North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, Reuters reports. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told her Japanese counterpart that Pyongyang had not made sufficient progress on a verification plan for its nuclear programs, which was a condition for removing it from the "axis of evil" list. Washington had earlier indicated that North Korea might be removed from the list as early as today.