THE INTERNATIONAL Atomic Energy Agency has made its first visit to a nuclear establishment in North Korea since 1994, when the isolationist Asian state withdrew its membership of the agency.

The visit is understood to have been facilitated by the North Koreans' desire to move ahead with their stalled plans for the development of two light water nuclear reactors. Under an agreement with the IAEA, the North Koreans agreed to freeze their military nuclear development programme in exchange for being to open two reactors, which were to be ...

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