N. Korea proceeds with IAEA guidance

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On Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she hoped for a swift shutdown.

“We hope for now rapid progress given the beginning, we believe, of the North Korean efforts to meet their initial action obligations,” Miss Rice said.

An official at the IAEA’s Vienna, Austria, headquarters, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment to reporters, said a board meeting would likely take place July 9 with the 35 member nations expected to approve sending the first inspection team to the North as quickly as possible.

Mr. Heinonen, who emphasized all week that the trip was not a formal inspection, was upbeat yesterday after returning to Pyongyang from an overnight stay at Yongbyon, about 60 miles northeast of the capital.

“We visited all the places which we are planning to visit, and cooperation was excellent,” Mr. Heinonen said in earlier APTN footage.

He said the facilities remain operational.

Along with the 5-megawatt facility at the Yongbyon Nuclear Center, the officials also saw an unfinished 50-megawatt reactor, the fuel fabrication plant and a reprocessing plant, Mr. Heinonen said. He said he thought five facilities at the complex would likely be closed.

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