VIENNA - The UN nuclear watchdog chief
said on Monday it had become clear through recent contacts with
North Korea that there was no immediate prospect of the
Vienna-based atomic agency visiting the Asian state.
The International Atomic Energy Agency
said in early April
it needed more information before it could take up an invitation
to travel to the reclusive country three years
after the IAEA's inspectors were expelled.
said later that month it was no longer bound by
an agreement with the United States
for a moratorium on missile
and nuclear tests and the return of IAEA inspectors.
"Since an attempt by the DPRK (North Korea
) to launch a
'satellite', the agency has been carefully monitoring the
situation," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano
to a failed test-launch of a long-range missile in April.
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