April 23, 2013 / 10:11 AM / 4 years ago

U.S. rejects North Korea's demand for nuclear status

A North Korean soldier (C) keeps watch as South Korean soldiers watch north at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul April 23, 2013.Lee Jae-Won

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday firmly rejected North Korea's demand that it be recognized as a nuclear arms state.

"North Korea's demand to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state is neither realistic nor acceptable," Thomas Countryman, U.S. Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, told Reuters in Geneva where he is heading the delegation to talks on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Louise Ireland

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