UN says NKorea could restart nuclear facilities

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April 20, 2009 08:54

North Korea could restart its nuclear facilities within months, the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog warned Monday, but he added he was optimistic that negotiations on halting Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions could be revived. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed El-Baradei said Monday "it could be a question of months" when asked how soon North Korea could restart its nuclear facilities. North Korea vowed last week to restart its nuclear program and quit six-nation disarmament talks because the UN Security Council criticized its April 5 rocket launch as a violation of resolutions barring it from ballistic missile-related activity. North Korea told the IAEA on Tuesday it would reactivate all its facilities and go ahead with the reprocessing of spent fuel.


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