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North Korea blames US for stalled nuclear talks

The communist regime said US were false allegations of illegal activities such as counterfeiting and drug trafficking.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 11:11 IST

North Korea accused the United States on Monday of creating obstacles in nuclear disarmament talks.

The communist regime said US were false allegations of illegal activities such as counterfeiting and drug trafficking.

"The basic stumbling block to resumption of the six-party talks and resolution of the nuclear issue is the United States' hostile policy towards North Korea," the North's communist party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said.

"Every time there are signs of progress at the six-party talks, the US has created obstacles ... With fabricated problems of human rights, currency counterfeiting and drug trafficking," the newspaper said. "It is clear that while the US Talks about resuming six-party talks on the surface, in reality, it has no interest" in resolving the nuclear issue, it said.

North Korea has refused to resume the six-nation talks on ending its nuclear ambitions since November, demanding that Washington lift financial restrictions imposed on a Macau bank and North Korean companies for alleged complicity in counterfeiting and money laundering.

US And North Korean officials met in New York last week over the US Restrictions, but failed to produce any breakthrough.

Washington says the financial actions are separate from the nuclear talks.

First Published: Mar 13, 2006 11:11 IST