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Analysis and Resources on North Korea and the Agreed Framework
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For Immediate Release: October 17, 2002

Press Contacts: Daryl Kimball, (202) 463-8270 x107 or Paul Kerr, (202) 463-8270 x102

(Washington, D.C.): The Bush administration said last night that North Korea has admitted to covertly pursuing nuclear weapons, thereby violating its commitments under the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) of 1968 to not develop nuclear weapons and under the 1994 Agreed Framework to work toward a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. According to the Bush administration, North Korea has further claimed it was "nullifying" the Agreed Framework, which was negotiated by the United States in response to Pyongyang's 1993 announcement that it intended to withdraw from the NPT.

Much remains unclear about how advanced the covert North Korean nuclear weapons program is and the future of the Agreed Framework, but the Arms Control Association has resources available on North Korea, the Agreed Framework, and the NPT to help inform reporting and debate on this important subject. An exhaustive list of fact sheets, monthly reporting, feature articles by outside experts, and transcripts of past Association press conferences is available at the ACA Web site, www.armscontrol.org/country/northkorea/.

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