S Korea expresses concerns over DPRK’s suspension of disabling nuclear facilities

By Xinhua,

Seoul : South Korean government on Tuesday expressed concerns over Pyongyang’s announcement of suspending the disablement of nuclear facilities, vowing to cooperate with related parties of the six-party talks to deal with the situation.

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“The measure is regrettable as it came at a time when the six parties have to make concerted efforts to complete phase two of the denuclearization process,” said Moon Tae-young, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry at a news briefing.

A statement by the Foreign Ministry said South Korea will closely cooperate with relevant countries, including China, the United States, Russia and Japan, to let the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) resume the disablement of nuclear facilities as soon as possible.

A spokesman of DPRK’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the DPRK has halted disabling nuclear facilities in Yongbyon and will consider soon a step to restore the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon to their original state.

The DPRK spokesman said the decision was a reaction to the impasse of the six-party talks on the nuclear issues on the Korean peninsula as the United States failed to delete DPRK from its terrorism blacklist on Aug. 14 according to previous agreements.