IAEA: North Korea to begin shutting down nuclear reactor next week
Thursday, July 12, 2007
"[The whole process will be done in] a month or so. A couple of weeks ago we reached an understanding on the modalities on how to work with the DPRK on shutting down the five nuclear facilities at Yongbyon," said ElBaradei to reporters in South Korea during a press conference.,
"I expect that operation to move smoothly," added ElBaradei.
South Korea has shipped approximately 50,000 tons ofto North Korea, and the North said that they will begin to shut down the reactor when it arrives. The oil is expected to arrive in North Korea on July 14.
"We should not delude ourselves. It will take time to have a comprehensive solution," added Elbardei.
According to China's Foreign Ministry, six-party talks with North Korea start on July 18. China will be the host for the talks.
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