Pyongyang repeated its assertion that it be considered a nuclear weapons
power and that the talks be transformed into negotiations over mutual arms
reductions in which it would be accorded equal footing with the United States.
If its demands aren't met, the North said, it would increase its nuclear
arsenal, according to the summary.
United States and other countries stressed the main focus would be on getting
the country to give up atomic arms.
"We would like denuclearization via a diplomatic negotiation. If they don't
want that, we're quite prepared to go the other road ... which is a pretty tough
road," Hill said, implying North Korea could face further international
In Washington, US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns brushed off the
North's opening salvo as no surprise.
"If past is prologue, I mean that's the way the North Koreans operate," he
said. "Let's see where we are by the end of the week."
China noted the sides had some "very pronounced differences" but pushed for
"We have finished the stage of commitment for commitment and now should
follow the principle of action for action," Foreign Ministry spokesman Jiang Yu
told reporters, echoing phrasing from the earlier agreement.
South Korean nuclear negotiator Chun Yung-woo proposed that the parties push
for implementing the 2005 agreement within a few months.
"We urged North Korea to take bold and substantial initial steps to dismantle
its nuclear program and stressed that the other five countries' corresponding
measures should also be bold and substantial," he told reporters.
The latest North Korean nuclear crisis erupted in 2002 after US officials
said the North had admitted to a secret nuclear program in violation of a 1994
disarmament deal, leading to the communist nation's withdrawal from the Nuclear
North Korea is believed to have enough radioactive material to make about a
half-dozen atomic bombs, and its main nuclear reactor remains in operation to
create more weapons-grade plutonium.