DPRK on Monday restored UN monitors' access to its atom bomb complex and will resume disabling its nuclear reactor on Tuesday, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said, after a deal with Washington to save the process.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will resume the disablement of nuclear facilities and permit the international inspectors to continue their works in Yongbyon, the official KCNA news quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying on Sunday.
South Korea said Wednesday that North Korea had begun restoring its nuclear facilities. But the US played it down, saying the country apparently only moved some equipment out of storage.
North Korea said on Tuesday it has decided to suspend disabling its nuclear facilities and will consider restoring the Yongbyon nuclear reactor because the United States had violated a six-party disarmament deal.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea blew up the cooling tower at the nuclear plant of its Yongbyon facility Friday afternoon, a symbolic and constructive move to show its commitment to a disarmament deal.
A US delegation arrived here Tuesday for talks on completing the disablement of the nuclear complex at Yongbyon.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) lashed out on Sunday at the United States and South Korea for a massive joint military exercise, saying such action is a challenge to peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Washington over the weekend urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s "full disclosure" of its stashed nuclear materials, as the denuclearisation process met a new allegation concerning an aluminum pipe tainted with enriched uranium.
A team of US technicians will on Monday start disabling North Korea's nuclear complex which makes weapons-grade plutonium.
North Korea agreed Sunday to account for and disable its atomic programs by the end of the year, the first timeline offered for denuclearization process. Nuclear Talks
The summit between two Koreas will be held on October 2-4 following a request from Pyongyang to postpone the meeting originally planned for the end of this month.
North Korea said Sunday it is ready to permanently disable its sole nuclear reactor it just turned off if the United States lifts economic sanctions on Pyongyang.