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Pyongyang Insists On U.S. Withdrawal

Sept 07,2001
"The withdrawal of U.S. forces in South Korea is an imminent issue that can no longer be postponed for peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia," a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman declared Thursday.

In a statement on the 56th anniversary of the U.S. forces in Korea, the spokesman accused the Bush administration of trying to crush North Korea with force and of asking it to reduce its conventional weapons while U.S. forces remain in South Korea. He said Washington was strengthening its forces in South Korea and neighboring countries behind North Korea's back while calling for the unconditional renewal of dialogue with Pyongyang.

A South Korean official said Seoul was prepared for North Korea to raise the issue at next week's ministerial-level talks.



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