U.S. Denies Having Deployed Nuclear Weapons in S. Korea
   2006-12-08 11:47:41       Xinhua

The U.S. State Department reaffirmed Thursday the United States has no nuclear weapons in South Korea, responding to accusations by some circles in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

  

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States has been saying since 1994 it has no nuclear armaments in South Korea. The position was reaffirmed in the Sept. 19, 2005 statement of principles agreed to at six-party talks in China, he said.

  

According to the spokesman, the United States confirmed in the document that "it has no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and has no intention to attack or invade the DPRK with nuclear or conventional weapons."

  

Earlier, Russia's Interfax news agency reported the DPRK believes Washington has deployed atomic weapons in South Korea and it would not terminate its nuclear program as long as the threats remains.

  

The DPRK has become the focal point of attention of the international community since it conducted a nuclear test on Oct. 9. Pyongyang agreed in November to come back to the six-party talks it had boycotted for a year in protest of U.S. sanctions, but no specific date has been set for the talks.

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