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The IAEA invites North Korea to recognize nuclear inspectors again

VIENNA – The Chief For the UN nuclear watchdog on Thursday, North Korea urged inspectors back inland to monitor their…

VIENNA – The Chief For the UN nuclear watchdog on Thursday, North Korea urged inspectors back inland to monitor their nuclear programs.

Speaking at a board meeting in the International Atomic Energy Agency, General Director Yukiya Amano noted that in September Pyongyang had talked about nuclear power plants including “permanent dismantling of nuclear facilities in Yongbyon” – a reactor where it produces plutonium.

Amano said there was activity observed at Yongbyon, but “Without access, the agency can not confirm the nature and purpose of these activities.”

At a press conference later on Thursday, he said he could not prepare when exactly

IAEA inspectors were expelled from North Korea in 2009, but Amano said the agency continues to prepare for any resumption.

“The agency continues to increase its readiness to play an important role in verifying (North Korea) nuclear programs if a political agreement is reached between the countries concerned,” he said. “I urge (North Korea) to fully fulfill its obligations under relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the IAEA Board, to cooperate quickly with the Agency and resolve all outstanding issues.”

On the other hand, Amano told board members that Iran continues to follow the agreement reached in 2015 with major world powers aimed at preventing Tehran from building nuclear weapons in exchange for economic incentives.

He repeated the Agency’s findings in a report that was distributed to the Member States earlier this month that “Iran is implementing its nuclear energy commitments in accordance with the Joint Overall Action Plan.”

The problem has become increasingly complicated since the United States in May was unilaterally affected by the agreement and resumed sanctions. Iran’s economy has been fighting since then and its currency has fallen in value.

The other signatories to the store – Germany, Great Britain, France, Russia and China – continue to make it work.

Amano stressed that “It is important that Iran continues to fully fulfill its commitments.

In its full report, the IAEA said that its inspectors continue to access all Iranian websites that it needs to visit and that inspectors confirmed that Iran has remained within the boundaries of heavy water and low-grade uranium storage.

“The Agency continues to verify nuclear non-derivation as declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement,” Amano said. “Assessments about the absence of undeclared nuclear materials and activities in Iran continue . “

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