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North Korea reiterates antiterrorism stance

RIA Novosti

10/06/2008 13:03 MOSCOW, June 10 (RIA Novosti) - North Korea confirmed on Tuesday its commitment to fight terrorism in a bid to convince Washington to strike it off its blacklist of countries sponsoring terrorist groups and organizations.

"We fully endorse the establishment of a global antiterrorism system," a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry said.

He added that Pyongyang was ready to "become closely involved in international efforts to prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists or the organizations sponsoring them."

The reclusive communist state previously accused Washington of failing to fulfill its pledge to strike it off its blacklist of countries sponsoring terrorism.

Other countries on the list include Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

Inclusion on the blacklist prevents North Korea from receiving low-interest World Bank loans. It also stops it from receiving loans from other international lending agencies.

Pyongyang recently provided new data on its controversial nuclear activities.

Six-nation negotiations on North Korea's denuclearization stalled after Pyongyang missed the late-2007 deadline for providing details on its uranium enrichment program and nuclear technology, which it is suspected by many Western nations of passing on to other countries.

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