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North Korea nuke talks break down

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Multilateral talks sponsored by China to resume August 29th.
The chief North Korean delegate, Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan, insisted that his country retain the right to operate nuclear reactors for electricity production as part of any agreement.

The United States has maintained North Korea should not even be allowed to maintain nuclear reactors for civilian use because it had turned a research facility at Yongbyon, near the capital, into a production center for weapons-grade plutonium after the collapse of a 1994 agreement restricting nuclear activity. Going a step further, the North Korean government announced in February that it has used the material to make nuclear weapons.

North Korea continues to blackmail the world for economic and humanitarian aid with their nuclear weapons program.