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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Lee Jae
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.
SEOUL — Pyongyang"s recent missile tests are not raising tensions, South Korea"s leading policy-maker on North Korea said yesterday, adding that Seoul is working with concerned governments to resolve the issue of frozen funds that are delaying a nuclear disarmament deal.
A first shipment that arrived Saturday — prompting the North to follow through on its pledge to shut the reactor — has been completely offloaded, Mr. Lee said at a meeting with U.S. nuclear envoy Christopher R. Hill.
"The issue is not just between the two Koreas; it involves the international finance system," he said. "It should be resolved accordingly."