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North Korea Condemns U.S. As Untrustworthy And Hostile - 2003-01-31


North Korea has condemned the United States as untrustworthy and hostile, but is still ruling out multilateral talks to solve current crisis over its nuclear ambitions.

North Korean Ambassador to China Choe Jin Su says the Bush administration is "untrustworthy."

At a Beijing news conference Friday, the ambassador said that is why North Korea insists a non-aggression treaty with the United States, which needs to be approved by Congress.

He says this is the only way to guarantee North Korea's safety from a U.S. attack. He again rejected international talks to resolve the current stand-off over the nuclear issue.

President Bush said this week that North Korea has been deceiving the world about its nuclear programs and warned blackmail is not the way to end its economic isolation and hardship. But he repeated that Washington will seek peaceful solutions.

One of those solutions could be taking North Korea's nuclear violations to the UN Security Council where sanctions could be imposed.

The crisis began in October when Washington said North Korea admitted it has a covert uranium-based nuclear weapons program. North Korea has denied this, but kicked out UN inspectors who could evaluate the claims.

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