North Korea urged to resolve issues "promptly" with nuclear agency

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Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN Photo/Mark Garten

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has said he is seriously concerned about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK's nuclear programme.

DPRK said it first tested nuclear weapons in 2006.

Since then the international community has been working with the country to regulate its programme.

Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who was briefing the agency's board on Thursday, urged the country to cooperate with nuclear inspectors.

"I remain seriously concerned about the nuclear programme of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. I call upon the DPRK to comply fully with its obligations, to cooperate promptly with the Agency, and to resolve all outstanding issues, including those that have arisen during the absence of Agency inspectors from the country. The Agency will maintain its readiness to play an essential role in verifying the DPRK's nuclear programme."

On Thursday, the country reportedly threatened to conduct a nuclear test following a decision by the UN to investigate human rights violations there.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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