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U.S. rejects North Korean demand for nuclear status

A North Korean soldier (top L) keeps watch as a South Korean soldier watches 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. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

A North Korean soldier (top L) keeps watch as a South Korean soldier watches 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. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

A North Korean soldier (top L) keeps watch as a South Korean soldier watches 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. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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Soldiers of South Korea and the United States (R) stand guard in the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission Conference Building 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. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Soldiers of South Korea and the United States (R) stand guard in the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission Conference Building at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km...more

Soldiers of South Korea and the United States (R) stand guard in the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission Conference Building 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. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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Chinese tourists look at North Korea through binoculars at an observatory just south of the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Chinese tourists look at North Korea through binoculars at an observatory just south of the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Chinese tourists look at North Korea through binoculars at an observatory just south of the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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The inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex is seen in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

The inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex is seen in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

The inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex is seen in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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North Koreans work on a field at the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom, just south of the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul, April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

North Koreans work on a field at the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom, just south of the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of...more

North Koreans work on a field at the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom, just south of the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul, April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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