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12. North Korea

Hill says it’s time to act

The top U.S. nuclear envoy insisted Friday that North Korea act on its promises to begin nuclear disarmament, hours before a deadline the communist nation was expected to miss to shut down its main reactor.

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill did not say what the consequences would be if the North missed the Saturday deadline to begin shutting down its sole operating nuclear reactor at Yongbyon as part of a landmark agreement with the U.S. and regional powers.

So far, the North has refused to take action because of a dispute over the release of North Korean funds frozen in a Macau bank.

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