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North Korea takes steps to restart nuke plant

UN inspectors have been barred and cameras removed from the Yongbyon processing plant.

'We want action': Lieutenant Lee, a North Korean, echoes his nation's anger that the US has kept it on its list of states sponsoring terrorism.

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A long-serving North Korean Army officer reacts disdainfully to all the dialogue he's seen here at this historic truce village straddling the line between the two Koreas.

"Soldiers don't like talks," says the officer, who reluctantly identifies himself only as Lieutenant Lee. "Have you heard of action for action," he asks. "It is not necessary to talk about six-party talks. Soldiers don't like negotiations without any results. We want action."

The "action" he refers to is the US promise to remove North Korea from the State Department's list of countries sponsoring terrorism. North Koreans say President Bush has violated the pledge, and they cite that failure as the reason for restarting their nuclear program.

The United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency announced Wednesday that, as requested by North Korea, it had removed the seals and surveillance cameras that have stopped nuclear development at the nuclear complex at Yongbyon, 60 miles north of Pyongyang. North Korea then barred UN nuclear inspectors from the facility and said it plans to reactivate the plant within a week, according to the IAEA.


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