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IAEA Says North Korea Cooperated On Inspections


http://gdb.rferl.org/B3DC2E77-8617-444C-B6E5-37E2EBA43678_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/B3DC2E77-8617-444C-B6E5-37E2EBA43678_mw800_mh600.jpg IAEA team leader Adel Tolba (file photo) (AFP) July 31, 2007 -- The leader of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team in North Korea says the country fully cooperated with inspectors.

The IAEA team was in the country to monitor the shutdown of North Korea's sole plutonium-producing reactor.

Adel Tolba, the leader of the UN nuclear watchdog's team, told reporters in Beijing that "In doing our activities, we had complete cooperation from [North Korean] authorities and because of that, we think that what we need to perform was performed."

Earlier this year, the North agreed to scrap its nuclear program in exchange for economic and political concessions in a deal with the United States, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea.

(AP)
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BENDING THE RULES. Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, told an RFE/RL-Radio Free Asia briefing on January 9 that the West is hamstrung in dealing with Iran and North Korea because of the way it has interpreted the international nonproliferation regime to benefit friendly countries like India and Japan.


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