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Asahi: N. Korea Asked S. Korea to Buy Unused Nuclear Fuel Rods Updated: 2011-09-30 12:00:00 KST

Asahi: N. Korea Asked S. Korea to Buy Unused Nuclear Fuel Rods
North Korea reportedly asked South Korea to purchase its unused nuclear fuel rods during last week's inter-Korean denuclearization talks held in Beijing.
Citing sources in Seoul, Japan's Asahi Shimbun says the North's top nuclear envoy Ri Yong-ho suggested the South buy 14,800 rods containing over 1-hundred tons of uranium, in return for Pyeongyang suspending its uranium enrichment which is a precondition to the resumption of the six-party talks.
Seoul, however, turned down the proposal as it has agreed with the US and Japan to not negotiate the demands.
In 2009, the South Korean government considered buying 10 million US dollars worth of the North's unspent nuclear fuel rods up until Pyeongyang's second nuclear test that year.
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