US May Take North Korea Off Terror List

Status change could come before nukes are dismantled
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2007 4:37 AM CDT
A South Korean War veteran waves the flags of South Korea and the United States during a recent anti-North Korea rally in Seoul. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The US may be willing to remove North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, qualifying the country for American aid and World Bank loans, before Pyongyang has dismantled its nuclear weapons program. In the run-up to talks with North Korean officials in Geneva this weekend, the lead US negotiator hinted yesterday at the possibility of removal.

"We're going to have a discussion about things that they need to do and how far we're going to expect to see denuclearization go in order to continue the process that we are committed to doing, which is to remove them from the terrorism list," assistant secretary of state Chris Hill said.