N. Korea confirms shutdown of nuclear reactor

A North Korean diplomat confirmed Sunday that Pyongyang had shut down its sole operating nuclear reactor after receiving an initial shipment of oil aid, and said UN nuclear inspectors would start work to confirm it.

N. Korea confirms shutdown of nuclear reactor
A North Korean diplomat confirmed Sunday that Pyongyang had shut down its sole operating nuclear reactor after receiving an initial shipment of oil aid, and said UN nuclear inspectors would start work to confirm it.

“Immediately after the arrival of the first heavy fuel oil, the facilities were shut down and the (International Atomic Energy Agency) personnel will verify that, maybe by now, or from today in Korea,” Kim Myong Gil, minister at the North’s mission to the United Nations in New York, told The Associated Press by telephone.

“The IAEA personnel will work as they did at the previous visit, they will work for monitoring the shutdown, the status of the facilities,” Kim said.

UN nuclear inspectors were expelled from the North in late 2002 at the start of the nuclear crisis.

Kim said the next steps to be taken would include the North making a declaration of its nuclear program and disabling the facilities. However, he said that would happen only if the US took actions “in parallel,” including removing wider economic sanctions against Pyongyang and striking it from a list of states that sponsor terrorism.

“After the shutdown, then we will discuss about the economic sanctions lifting and removing of the terrorism list. All those things should be discussed and resolved,” Kim said.

AP

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Temmuz 2007, 10:00
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