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U.N. nuke chief: Inspectors ready for North Korea

- Associated Press - Monday, March 5, 2012

VIENNA — The head of the U.N. nuclear agency said his inspectors could be back in North Korea within a few weeks, once the North and his agency's board approve such a mission.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano says an expert IAEA team could be on site "perhaps within a few weeks," once-the go-ahead is given.

Amano suggests that's the easy part. He told reporters Monday that a precise outline of what the agency would be tasked with will likely take longer.

He says, "We need to clarify the arrangement, we need to identify the possible activities that we would undertake at Yongbyon," he said, referring to North Korea's nuclear reactor.

The IAEA's most recent presence in North Korea ended about three years ago.

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