IAEA starts talks with N. Korea over visit

March 22, 2012 12:31

VIENNA - The UN nuclear watchdog said on Thursday it had begun talks with North Korea over Pyongyang's invitation for it to visit the country, three years after its inspectors were expelled from the reclusive Asian state.

North Korea's invitation to the International Atomic Energy Agency appeared to be an attempt to show it was serious about a nuclear moratorium deal with the United States last month even though it drew international condemnation last week for saying it would launch a long-range rocket carrying a satellite.

"I can confirm that the IAEA has started consultations with the DPRK about its invitation," agency spokeswoman Gill Tudor said in an e-mailed response to a question.

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