North Korean authorities have lifted the seals placed by IAEA inspectors on the Yongbyon reprocessing plant and told monitors to leave the nuclear site. Pyongyang had warned on Friday that it would restart the partly dismantled facility.
The announcement was made by a senior International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) official to a closed meeting of its 35-nation board of governors in
"There are no more seals and surveillance equipment in place at the reprocessing facility. (
Western diplomats and nuclear analysts have said
"The IAEA is no longer able to verify what is going on at Yongbyon," said a dismayed European diplomat at the meeting.
The maverick Stalinist state's foreign ministry has said steps are under way to restore Yongbyon to its "original state".
Date created : 2008-09-24