In the News – IAEA Unlikely to Send Delegation to N.Korea
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the world body stands ready to take further action against North Korea if that country continues to pursue missile launches or nuclear tests.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Susan Rice said the United Nations’ recent statement condemning North Korea’s failed missile launch attempt is a “strong and united determination” that further acts will not be tolerated.
“One would hope against past precedent that the leadership in North Korea will see the wisdom of not pursuing further provocations and will recognize that the history of their pursuit of these further provocations is North Korea’s increasing isolation and increasing pressure from the international community,” Rice said.
Her comments follow an announcement by the International Atomic Energy Agency that it is unlikely to send a delegation to North Korea, after Pyongyang stated it is no longer bound by an agreement with the United States not to test missiles and nuclear devices. Continue reading →
In the News – North Korea Invites IAEA Inspectors to Return
North Korea's Chief Nuclear Negotiator, Ri Yong Ho ( 2011 file photo) Reuter
North Korea considers its February 29 agreement with the United States still in effect, despite Washington’s insistence that, if Pyongyang goes ahead with a so-called space launch next month, that will break the deal. The North says it is inviting United Nations inspectors to return to the country to monitor the recent agreement with the United States.
North Korea is continuing efforts to keep its announced “satellite launch” from jeopardizing its recent agreement to partly freeze its nuclear programs in exchange for American food aid.
Chief nuclear negotiator, Ri Yong Ho, says Pyongyang intends to carry out the deal with the United States. Continue reading →