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North Korea Prepares To Shut Down Main Nuclear Facility


http://gdb.rferl.org/D8C5A3D6-BF54-4F6A-9010-49387BC4F210_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/D8C5A3D6-BF54-4F6A-9010-49387BC4F210_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) March 17, 2007 -- North Korea says it is preparing to shut down its main nuclear facility, Yongbyon.


According to South Korea's chief nuclear envoy, North Korea's delegation told a working group meeting in Beijing today that it has "begun preparations to shut down its Yongbyon nuclear facility" -- a key step that it promised in a landmark nuclear agreement last month.


North Korea also said it will submit a list of its nuclear programs, but first wants the right conditions created.


These include the unfreezing of some $25 million in North Korean funds in a bank in Macau.


A senior U.S. Treasury official, Danny Glaser, held talks today in Macau where he said a decision on the funds is up to local officials.


The funds were originally frozen after Washington accused the Macanese bank of involvement in illegal North Korean dealings.


(AP, AFP)

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