North Korea's nuclear programme raises "serious concern"

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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano delivering opening statement to the IAEA's 59th General Conference in Vienna, Austria. Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma

The nuclear programme of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea remains a matter of "serious concern" according to the UN.

The international community has continued to push for information about developments in the country amid concerns that it is building a nuclear bomb.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

It's unclear how advanced the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK's, nuclear programme is.

Inspectors of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been unable to enter the country to monitor developments.

Speaking to the organization’s general conference which opened in Vienna on Monday, the IAEA's chief Yukiya Amano had this to say.

 "The Agency remains unable to undertake verification in the DPRK and our knowledge of the country's nuclear programme is limited. Nevertheless, we have maintained our readiness to return to the DPRK, if requested to do so by the DPRK."

It's thought the country's main nuclear facility is at Yongbyon.

Operations were stopped there in 2013, but have reportedly restarted.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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