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Published:June 27th, 2008 08:49 EST
Cooling Tower destroyed to show good faith

Cooling Tower destroyed to show good faith

By SOP newswire

A South Korean news report says North Korea has followed through with its promise to destroy the cooling tower at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex.

The South`s MBC television reported today`s explosion, which comes a day after Pyongyang turned over a long-delayed declaration of its nuclear activities to officials in China. China hosts six-nation talks aimed at ending North Korea`s nuclear weapons program.

Media organizations from nations involved in the talks - the United States, Russia, Japan and South Korea, as well as China - were on hand to record today`s event. 

A U.S. official was also on hand to verify the demolition.

On Thursday, U.S. President George Bush responded to the North`s nuclear declaration by removing Pyongyang from a terrorism blacklist, and easing some trade sanctions.

Mr. Bush welcomed the declaration, but cautioned that North Korea continues to constitute a threat to U.S. national security due to its possession of weapons-grade nuclear materials.

U.S. officials say Mr. Bush`s actions are largely symbolic, as almost all bilateral and multilateral sanctions remain in place.

The parties involved in the six-nation talks still have not worked out how to verify whether Thursday`s declaration is complete and accurate.

The declaration was not expected to include details on Pyongyang`s suspected uranium enrichment program, nuclear proliferation activities or the size of its nuclear arsenal.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.