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Pyongyang has reacted to that demand with rage and says that extra inspections would be a violation of its sovereignty, reports The Guardian. When an Aug. 11 deadline for altering the list passed, Pyongyang put its foot down.

In a statement carried by the Korea Central News Agency, the ministry said the US was insisting on extra inspections that would infringe upon its sovereignty.
"The US is gravely mistaken if it thinks it can make a house search in the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] as it pleases just as it did in Iraq," said the statement. "We have decided to immediately suspend disabling our nuclear facilities."

The Bush administration reacted with disappointment on Wednesday. But a number of government officials reaffirmed US commitment to keeping North Korea on the list until its progress in dismantling the nuclear site could be independently verified, reports Agence France-Presse.

"The United States will not take North Korea off the state sponsor of terrorism list until we have a protocol in place to verify the dismantling and accounting for Korea's nuclear program," said White House spokesman Tony Fratto.
The State Department said Pyongyang's decision to stop disabling its key Yongbyon nuclear complex was of "great concern" and "a step backward" in six-country diplomatic efforts aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
"It certainly is in violation of its commitments to the six-party framework, certainly in violation of the principle of action-for-action," department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters.
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