North Korea must verify disarmament, US says

Other News Materials 27 August 2008 00:52 (UTC +04:00)

North Korea must verify the processing for its disarming nuclear capability before the United States removes the Stalinist state from its terrorism blacklist, US official said Tuesday. ( dpa )

"We'll wait for North Korea to produce this verification package so that we can move on to the next steps," State Department deputy spokesman Robert Wood said.

North Korea announced earlier Tuesday that it was suspending disarmament because the United States had not lived up to its obligations under a six-nation deal.

As part of the deal, the United States pledged to remove North Korea from the state sponsors of terrorism list but not until there was a verification process in place to assure Pyongyang was complying with the deal.

The waiting period required under US law to remove North Korea from the list expired on August 10, but the six nations in the agreement have still not come to terms on verification.

The other four countries are China, Japan, Russia and South Korea.