. 24/7 Space News .

Photo copyright AFP 2000
N.Korea Accuses US Of Exploiting Missile Issues
Seoul (AFP) May 9, 2000 - North Korea's foreign ministry has accused the United States of exploiting the Stalinist state to justify US missile programmes.

"No one can be fooled by the US tricks," a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the North's official Korea Central News Agency late Monday.

"The United States slandered the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in a bid to avoid the daily growing international criticism of the National Missile Defense system."

The costly missile defense project is aimed at protecting US troops at home and abroad by intercepting and destroying enemy missiles.

The United States has stationed 37,000 troops in South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended here in a fragile armistice.

Washington was working hard to establish the system "despite public criticism at home and abroad," the spokesman said.

"The US is making much ado about the 'threat from North Korea's long-range missile' to this end."

The accusation came a week after the US State Department announced the resumption of talks with the North in Rome on May 24.

Richard Boucher of the State Department also said in a statement that Washington would use the talks to push the implementation of the Agreed Framework on North Korea's nuclear program as well as missiles and improved relations.

Famine-hit North Korea has been actively attempting to end decades of diplomatic isolation in a bid to reach out to the outside world to get aid, normalizing ties with Italy in January and Australia Monday.

But talks with the United States have been rocky.

The United States last week redesignated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism despite Pyongyang's demands to be removed from the list.

Copyright 1999 AFP. All rights reserved. The material on this page is provided by AFP and may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Can't we have bigger ones too
Seoul Wants Longer Range Missiles
Seoul (AFP) April 10, 2000 - US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Einhorn will hold talks with South Korean officials here early next week on Seoul's bid to extend the ranges of its missiles, officials said Friday.

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2016 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.