. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

North Korea Renegs

TOKYO () -- North Korea said Friday it can no longer keep its nuclear program "frozen" under a landmark 1994 agreement with the United States because Washington was hesitating in implementing the accord.

"We cannot keep the nuclear program frozen any longer only to get heavy oil, the shipments of which may be suspended any time, with no importance given to when the light water reactors will be provided," Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said in a report monitored in Tokyo.

After lengthy talks, North Korea agreed in October 1994 to freeze a nuclear program Washington suspects was being used to develop nuclear weapons.

In return the United States agreed to arrange the provision of power-generating light-water nuclear reactors that produce less weapons-grade plutonium.