Secretary of State Colin Powell said at a meeting of Southeast Asian countries in Cambodia on Wednesday that North Korea tops the list of the United States most urgent nuclear weapons worries.
Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that three-way talks between the U.S., China and North Korea aimed at ending a diplomatic standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program ended Thursday, a day earlier than scheduled.
The United States, China, and North Korea plan to hold talks in Beijing next week to discuss the North's suspected nuclear weapons programs.
South Korea presented the United States with a plan Monday they hope will end the ongoing diplomatic standoff over the North Korea's nuclear program.
North Korean officials hinted they may accept multilateral negotiations to cool their dispute with the U.S. over its suspected nuclear weapons program, a move that could signal a change in the North's insistence on direct talks with Washington.
North Korea said Saturday that it would reject any ruling by the U.N. Security Council regarding Pyongyang's nuclear development.
North Korea warned on Tuesday that a clash with the U.S. would be unavoidable unless the Bush administration agrees to hold direct talks to settle disputes over Pyongyang's nuclear program.
North Korea re-started a disputed reactor at its main nuclear research facility hours after the inauguration of South Korea's new president, which was attended by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, the State Department confirmed Thursday.
The United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency declared North Korea in breach of international nuclear safeguards on Wednesday and referred the issue to the United Nations Security Council.
White House officials said Thursday that the United States has "robust plans for any contingencies" to deal with the standoff with North Korea, including military action.
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