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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Christopher R. Hill
SEOUL — U.N. inspectors have verified that North Korea has shut down its sole functioning nuclear reactor, the chief of the watchdog agency said today, confirming the reclusive country had taken its first step in nearly five years to halt production of atomic weapons.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES North Korea yesterday put on hold a planned visit to Pyongyang by U.N. nuclear inspectors just hours after top U.S. negotiator Christopher R. Hill touched down in Pyongyang — the first senior Bush administration official to visit the reclusive communist state in nearly five years.
"We live in difficult times in which fundamental institutions such as the presidency are sometimes not respected or when even basic civility seems lacking," Mr. Hill said. "I hope we can all rise to the occasion for this event involving a former president."
Government evacuation centers were set up to house those who escaped, he added.