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N Korea Says Nuke Inspectors Can Return

From those fan of totalitarian dictators at CNN:

This DigitalGlobe satellite image from 2003 shows a nuclear reactor site in Yongbyon, North Korea.

N. Korea: Atomic inspectors can return

(CNN) — North Korea has invited inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog back into the country to monitor the shut down of its main nuclear reactor, state media reports.

A letter inviting a “working level” delegation to visit and monitor the suspension of the operations of nuclear facilities was sent to the International Atomic Energy Agency, North’s Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday.

Earlier Saturday, frozen North Korean funds that were thawed as part of an February agreement to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program were transferred out of a bank in Macau, China, to a Russian bank, where North Korea has an account.

Ri Je Son, North Korea’s director general of the General Department of Atomic Energy, sent a letter to the IAEA confirming that transfer of the funds was completed as required before the invitation would be extended, according to KCNA.

Francis Tam Pak-yuen, Macau’s secretary of economy and finance, said more than $20 million went from Banco Delta Asia to a North Korean account in a small private Russian bank via the Macau Monetary Authority, the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Russian central bank…

Besides freeing up the funds, countries involved in the six-party talks are to provide emergency energy assistance equivalent to 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil…

In exchange for North Korea’s denuclearization, the nations have pledged to provide the reclusive Communist nation with political and economic incentives and security guarantees.

How long before Lucy pulls the football away this time?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 16th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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