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N. Korea Suspends Nuclear Shutdown

Country threatens to restore weapons plant to working order
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 6:31 AM CDT
N. Korea Suspends Nuclear Shutdown
This Feb. 14, 2008 file photo released by U.S. researchers who visited North Korea shows the cooling tower of a 5 Megawatt nuclear reactor at the Yongbyon Nuclear Center in North Korea.    (AP Photo/S. S. Hecker, HO, File)

(Newser) – North Korea has halted the disablement of its nuclear facilities and says it may restore a reactor that can make material for atomic weapons, Reuters reports. Analysts say the move, which follows a visit to arch-enemy South Korea by pseudo-ally and Chinese President Hu Jintao, appears to be an effort by North Korea to maintain leverage to get the US to remove it from its terror blacklist.

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"We have decided to immediately suspend disabling our nuclear facilities," a foreign ministry official said. "This measure has been effective on August 14 and related parties have been notified of it."
(Read more North Korea stories.)

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