Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

North Korea Back in World Nuclear Circle

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

North Korea Back in World Nuclear Circle

Article excerpt

NORTH Korea has moved closer to relaunching its nuclear arms program, announcing it wants to reactivate the facility that produced its atomic bomb, and banning UN inspectors from the site.

The US said the moves did not mean the death of international efforts to persuade the North to recommit to an agreement that offers it diplomatic and economic concessions in exchange for nuclear disarmament.

But North Korea's statement yesterday that it was intent on restarting operations of its plutonium-producing reprocessing plant and other facilities at its main nuclear site appeared to be the clearest indication to date that it is not interested in keeping to the deal - at least for now.

North Korea's plans were revealed by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The North had already banned IAEA inspectors from the reprocessing plant last month after demanding they remove agency seals from the facility.

But the experts continued to have access to the rest of the site until yesterday. …

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