North Korea Invites Nuclear Inspectors to Return


This is the exterior of the Yongbyon Nuclear Plant in North Korea. This image is one of a series taken during a trip to North Korea from Feb. 23 – Feb. 27 2008 under the auspices of the New York Philharmonic’s performance there.

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By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — North Korea has invited the International Atomic Energy Agency to return, nearly three years after it kicked U.N. nuclear inspectors out of the country, the IAEA said Monday.

IAEA officials are considering the offer, which was sent Friday, agency spokeswoman Gill Tudor told reporters. No details of the invitation were released.

“Details will be discussed,” Tudor said. “Nothing has been decided yet.”

North Korea threw IAEA inspectors out of its Yongbyon nuclear complex in April 2009, about a month before it conducted its second nuclear weapons test.

The invitation comes as the North plans to launch a satellite atop a long-range rocket next month, a move the United States warned would jeopardize a food-aid agreement reached in early March.

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