IAEA ready to return to North Korea

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The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency is ready to return to North Korea to verify its nuclear programme.

That's what the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, told the agency's Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday.

He welcomed last week's announcement of a moratorium on nuclear testing by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) following talks with the United States.

Mr. Amano said the IAEA has an essential role to play in verifying North Korea's nuclear programme.

"Pending further clarification and consultation with parties concerned, we stand ready, upon request and with the approval of the Board of Governors, to return to Yongbyon. As you know, the Agency has not been able to implement any safeguards measures in the DPRK for nearly three years, so our knowledge of the current status of the country’s nuclear programme is limited."

Duration: 27"

Mr. Amano once again urged the DPRK to comply with its obligations under Security Council resolutions and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to promptly and fully cooperate with the agency.

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