US urges NKorea not to restart nuclear reactor

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States says North Korea must make a choice about whether it wants to have a better relationship with the world or "keep themselves isolated."

The comments Friday came as North Korea said that it was making "thorough preparations" to restart its nuclear reactor.

Asked why the North should deal with the Bush administration in its final months in office, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that Pyongyang is unlikely to get a different disarmament deal from the next administration in January.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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