UN inspectors may return to N. Korea by mid-April

The head of the UN nuclear agency said Friday he is optimistic after his landmark visit to North Korea that inspectors will be able to return to the country by the middle of next month. Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters he expects Pyongyang to issue an invitation that would open the way for inspections to resume. "We still hope we'll do it by April 13," the deadline under a 60-day timetable the North agreed to last month, ElBaradei said.