White House disappointed in N Korea's nuclear reactor plans

NEW YORK (AP) -- The White House is warning North Korea that it will isolate itself if it goes back on its word and restarts its nuclear program.

North Korea today barred U.N. inspectors from its main nuclear reactor. The chief U.N. inspector says the North is planning to reactivate the plant in a week. The plant provided plutonium for an atomic test explosion two years ago.

Speaking from New York, where President Bush is attending his final U.N. General Assembly, spokesman Gordon Johndroe called the North Korean actions "very disappointing." He urged Pyongyang to reconsider and come back into compliance with its obligations under a multilateral disarmament deal.

Under the terms of the deal, the U.S., South Korea, China, Russia and Japan agreed to diplomatic concessions and aid if North Korea shut down its nuclear program.

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


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