IAEA sees no prospect now for NKorea visit

VIENNA - The UN nuclear watchdog chiefsaid on Monday it had become clear through recent contacts withNorth Korea that there was no immediate prospect of theVienna-based atomic agency visiting the Asian state.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in early Aprilit needed more information before it could take up an invitationfrom Pyongyang to travel to the reclusive country three yearsafter the IAEA's inspectors were expelled.

North Korea said later that month it was no longer bound byan agreement with the United States for a moratorium on missileand 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 thesituation," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said, referringto a failed test-launch of a long-range missile in April.