December 20, 2011
The International Atomic Energy Agency must redeploy its inspectors in North Korea to help with the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Yukiya Amano, director general of the U.N. nuclear agency was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency.
The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, announced on Monday, has plunged the region into uncertainty over the stability of the unpredictable state that is trying to build a nuclear arsenal.
U.N. inspectors were expelled from North Korea in 2009 and their return would be seen as a sign that the North may be serious about disarmament efforts.
“The redeployment of inspectors to the Yongbyong nuclear site is absolutely necessary for progress on denuclearization,” he was quoted by Kyodo as saying.