"Serious concern" over North Korea's nuclear programme

 

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The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency says it has not been able to implement any safeguards measures in North Korea since April 2009.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano told the agency's Board of Governors meeting in Vienna on Monday that the situation was deeply trouling.

Mr. Amano urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to cooperate promptly with the IAEA in fully implementing the agency's nuclear safeguards.

"Since April 2009, the agency has not been able to implement any safeguards measures in that country. The nuclear programme of the DPRK remains a matter of serious concern for the North-East Asia region and beyond. Last year's reports about the construction of a new uranium enrichment facility and a light water reactor in the DPRK are deeply troubling."

On Iran, Mr. Amano said the authorities are not cooperating with the IAEA to enable it to verify that the country's nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

He also said he has received positive signals from a number of member states about convening a forum on the declaration of the Middle East as a nuclear-free zone.

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