North Korea allowed UN inspectors to regain access to its nuclear sites and announced it would resume disabling the Yongbyon reactor on Tuesday, the UN nuclear watchdog said.
The accord appears to have rescued a denuclearization process jeopardised by disputes over verification.
An IAEA statement confirmed diplomatic reports earlier in the day that
"Agency inspectors were also informed today that, as of tomorrow, 14 October, core discharge activities at the reactor would be resumed, monitored by Agency inspectors," she said.
"(Our) inspectors will also now be permitted to re-apply containment and surveillance measures at the reprocessing facility," Fleming said in a statement.
The U.S. State Department announced on Saturday that it had delisted the Stalinist state after
Fleming said the IAEA had not yet been briefed on details of that pact and hoped this would happen once all six nations party to the process -- the others are
ROW OVER EXTENT OF VERIFICATION
Under a February 2007 disarmament deal with five powers,
The isolated, impoverished North wants to be delisted so it can draw from international finance, see a myriad of trade sanctions dropped and use global settlement banks to send money abroad instead of relying on cash-stuffed suitcases.
But the deal threatened to unravel after
Experts from the six nations handling the North Korean dossier -- the two
Measures would encompass the plutonium bomb programme as well as "any uranium enrichment and proliferation activities".
But the deal has yet to be formalized, and implementation almost certainly remains a hazardous challenge.
Most of the dismantling steps, begun last November, had been completed and were supposed to take at least a year to reverse.
As a part of the 2007 disarmament deal,
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