- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

BEIJING (AP) - The head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog says North Korea could restart its nuclear facility within months, but that he hopes negotiations on halting Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions can be revived.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed El-Baradei said Monday “it could be a question of months” when asked how soon North Korea could restart its nuclear facility.

North Korea vowed earlier this week to restart its nuclear program and quit six-nation disarmament talks because the U.N. Security Council criticized its April 5 rocket launch as a violation of resolutions barring it from ballistic missile-related activity.

El-Baradei said he was hopeful that openness shown by the new Obama administration would lead to a restart in talks with North Korea.

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BEIJING (AP) _ The head of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog says North Korea could restart its nuclear facility within months, but that he hopes negotiations on halting Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions can be revived.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed El-Baradei said Monday “it could be a question of months” when asked how soon North Korea could restart its nuclear facility.

North Korea vowed earlier this week to restart its nuclear program and quit six-nation disarmament talks because the U.N. Security Council criticized its April 5 rocket launch as a violation of resolutions barring it from ballistic missile-related activity.

El-Baradei said he was hopeful that openness shown by the new Obama administration would lead to a restart in talks with North Korea.

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