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Anger at Korea nuclear claims

PYONGYANG's claim to have secretly built a new uranium enrichment facility is provocative and disappointing but not a crisis or a surprise, the US's special envoy to North Korea has said.

Stephen Bosworth's comments came after a meeting with South Korean foreign minister Kim Sung-hwan. His trip followed a report by an American nuclear scientist that North Korea is running 2,000 recently completed centrifuges and claims to be producing low-enriched uranium meant for a new reactor.

Mr Bosworth said the announcement was "disappointing" and "another in a series of provocative moves" but both he and Mr Kim played down the revelation.

Somalis' trial on pirate attack

TEN Somalis are going on trial in Hamburg on piracy charges for allegedly hijacking a German container ship earlier this year.

The men face a possible 15 years in prison if convicted on charges of attacking maritime traffic and kidnapping.

Prosecutors were unable to determine the ages of three of the men, so the trial opens today in a youth court for all suspects.

The men were captured in the Gulf of Aden on April 5.