UN Nuclear Inspector: Understanding with N Korea over reactor

Other News Materials 29 June 2007 17:13 (UTC +04:00)

( AP ) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog and North Korea have reached an agreement on how the agency will monitor and verify the shutdown of the country's main nuclear reactor, a top official said Friday.

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency returned Friday to the North Korean capital from a two-day trip to the Yongbyon nuclear complex, broadcaster APTN reported. It was the first IAEA visit to the facility since U.N. monitors were expelled from the country in 2002.

"We have concluded this understanding, what our monitoring and verification activities are in principle," IAEA Deputy Director Olli Heinonen said in footage shot by APTN.

Japan's Kyodo reported that the U.N. nuclear inspector said his team reached a "mutual understanding" with North Korea over the reactor shutdown.