US shipping fuel oil to North Korea in nuke deal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States says it has shipped 50,000 metric tons of heavy fuel oil to North Korea as part of a nuclear disarmament deal. The fuel is scheduled to arrive in the North in late November and early December.

The announcement comes as North Korea complains about a delay in energy aid shipments. North Korea said Wednesday that it has slowed disabling its Yongbyon nuclear reactor in response.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters Wednesday that the United States will continue to have discussions with North Korea on ways to verify the North's accounting of its nuclear program.

He says "the United States is doing its part" under the deal.

North Korea is also threatening to sever ties with South Korea.

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

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