Rice urges N Korea to give up all N-weapons
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed North Korea Saturday to take the next step and give up its atomic weaponry after it disclosed some nuclear secrets and demolished part of its reactor.
Rice was speaking during a visit to South Korea for talks with her counterpart Yu Myung-Hwan to discuss the next step in a drawn-out international diplomatic effort to persuade the communist state to disarm.
A day after delivering a long-awaited nuclear declaration, the North on Friday blew up the cooling tower at its Yongbyon reactor in a televised event to affirm its commitment to denuclearisation.
Rice said she and Yu had extensive talks about efforts to verify the declaration, which covers nuclear facilities and the production of bomb-making plutonium, but not weapons.
Critics point out that it also does not address concerns about a suspected secret highly enriched uranium (HEU) weapons programme. Not does it answer suspicions of nuclear proliferation to Syria.
The North, in a separate document, has merely acknowledged the US concerns about both issues and promised to try to resolve differences.
"In the next phase we do have to move on abandonment. That is the purpose of six-party talks," Rice said.
"There are documents that are referred to in the declaration concerning those two issues, HEU and proliferation," she told a press conference with Yu.