VIENNA — The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Yukiya Amano said Monday that North Korea's nuclear program is "a matter of serious concern."
Amano said the country has not allowed the Vienna-based watchdog to implement safeguards in the country since December 2002 and he is urging all parties to "make concerted efforts for a resumption of the six-party talks at an appropriate time."
North Korea walked out of the talks on restarting negotiations on its nuclear disarmament last year to protest international criticism of a long-range rocket launch.
Amano, speaking at the start of the IAEA's General Conference, also called on Iran and Syria to fully comply with his agency.