N.Korea willing to halt nuke activities

Jan. 24, 2007 at 8:00 AM
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SEOUL, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- North Korea is willing to freeze its nuclear activities in return for eased financial sanctions, a Seoul daily said Wednesday.

The North's nuclear envoy Kim Kye Gwan told his South Korean counterpart Tuesday that Pyongyang could freeze its nuclear activities if the United States eases its financial restrictions on the impoverished communist country, the Dong-a Ilbo said, citing a diplomatic source in Beijing.

Kim also said his country was willing to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to enter the country to confirm whether North Korea halts the operation of a 5-megawatt reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, north of Pyongyang, the newspaper said.

But the North is opposed to allowing the U.N. agency to inspect other nuclear facilities in the country, the source was quoted as saying.

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