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North Korea re-admits U.N. monitors to nuclear complex

North Korea re-admits U.N. monitors to nuclear complex

North Korea restored access yesterday for U.N. monitors to its plutonium-producing nuclear complex, a day after pledging to resume work to disable it in a deal with the United States, diplomats have said.
"The (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspectors can access all facilities at Yongbyon again, including the reprocessing plant," said one diplomat, referring to the site that made plutonium fuel for Pyongyang's atomic bomb program.
North Korea had barred the inspectors from Yongbyon last Wednesday in anger over Washington's refusal to remove it from a sponsors-of-terrorism blacklist in a dispute over the extent of verification measures required for denuclearisation.
The U.S. State Department announced on Saturday that it had delisted the maverick Stalinist state after Pyongyang agreed to a series of verification steps. On Sunday, North Korea said it would resume disablement work and allow IAEA monitors back in.


Updated : 2021-10-26 10:11 GMT+08:00