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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
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 hope that we can make up for some of the time that we lost this spring, and so I'm looking forward to good discussions about that. We want to get the six-party process moving," Mr. Hill said as he arrived.
But on the eve of the talks' end today, he said the sides had agreed to have working groups of specialists pore over technical details for those next steps before the top envoys from all sides endorse a time frame.