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US: NKorea's nuke claim provocative, not surprise

 This photo combination of two satellite images made available by DigitalGlobe shows above, the Yongbyon nuclear complex in Yongbyon, North Korea in a...
 FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2010 file photo, U.S. special envoy to North Korea Stephen Bosworth speaks to reporters in Beijing, China, Washington's spec...
 FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2004  file photo, Doctor Siegfried Hecker, senior fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, briefs the Senate Foreign Relatio...
 In this Nov. 13, 2010, photo, American nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker, left, speaks to media upon returning from North Korea, at Beijing internat...
 In this Nov. 13, 2010, photo, American nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker, left, speaks to media upon returning from North Korea, at Beijing internat...

Koreas Nuclear

This photo combination of two satellite images made available by DigitalGlobe shows above, the Yongbyon nuclear complex in Yongbyon, North Korea in a...

Koreas Nuclear

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2010 file photo, U.S. special envoy to North Korea Stephen Bosworth speaks to reporters in Beijing, China, Washington's spec...

Koreas Nuclear

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2004 file photo, Doctor Siegfried Hecker, senior fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, briefs the Senate Foreign Relatio...

China Koreas Nuclear

In this Nov. 13, 2010, photo, American nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker, left, speaks to media upon returning from North Korea, at Beijing internat...

China Koreas Nuclear

In this Nov. 13, 2010, photo, American nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker, left, speaks to media upon returning from North Korea, at Beijing internat...

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea says Pyongyang's claim to have secretly built a new uranium enrichment facility is provocative and disappointing but not a crisis or a surprise.
Stephen Bosworth's comments came Monday after a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan. His trip follows a report by an American nuclear scientist that North Korea is running 2,000 recently completed centrifuges and claims to be producing low-enriched uranium meant for a new reactor.
Bosworth says the announcement was "disappointing" and "another in a series of provocative moves" but both he and Kim played down the revelation.
Bosworth says Washington has "been watching and analyzing" North Korea's "aspirations to produce enriched uranium for some time."


Updated : 2021-10-19 19:53 GMT+08:00