North Korea Accuses IAEA of Siding with ‘Hostile’ US Policy

Published June 21st, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

North Korea Thursday accused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of siding with US "hostile" policy towards the communist state, the North's official media said. 

The IAEA has complained of little progress in its seven-year effort to verify the North's nuclear activites, including plutonium production. 

But the North denounced the IAEA for issuing a sided statement last week that it was "still unable to verify the correctness and completeness of the initial report of nuclear material" in the North. 

"This is an indication that the organization is joining hostile forces in their moves to stifle the DPRK (North Korea) ... when the US is calling for an early special inspection of the nuclear-related facilities of the DPRK," the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. 

Under a 1994 deal, the North froze suspected nuclear weapons programmes in exchange for receiving two light water nuclear reactors (LWRs) producing less weapons grade plutonium from a US-led consortium. 

But delays in the 4.6-billion-dollar project mean that work cannot be completed by 2003, a deadline set by the deal known as the Agreed Framework. 

The KCNA said the IAEA's verification should come after "most of the LWR project" has been completed as stated in the deal – SEOUL (AFP) 

 

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