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Transcript of Director General´s Remarks to Media on Outcome of Six-Party Talks on DPRK, Nuclear Issues


Delivered 13 February 2007

This is a rush transcript. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

Speaking to journalists in Luxembourg, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei welcomed the latest outcome of Six-Party talks on the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear programme, welcoming it as "a step in the right direction." (See Full Coverage).

MOHAMED ELBARADEI, DIRECTOR GENERAL, IAEA: Korea was the good news today. I think that the decision to roll back the Korean nuclear weapons programme and to move toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula would be a step in the right direction. This is the first part of a process and the Agency would be asked to monitor the closure of facilities at Nyongbyon and we obviously will be happy to do that. I obviously will have to consult with our Board but I´m sure that our Board will support and encourage the Agency to go back to North Korea and work with the North Korean authorities to ensure that, at the end of the day, all nuclear activities in Korea are for peaceful purposes.

The Korean outcome is a good reminder of how important negotiation is. When people put their heads together, sit around the table, you can resolve issues. The Korean issue was stalemated for many years and when the US and Korea sat together along with the six-party talks, things started to move forward.

Q: When do you think the inspections will start in DPRK? Do you have any plans for an emergency Board meeting?

ELBARADEI: I have to see first the final declaration and we understand that it has yet to be ratified by the six parties. Our Board of Governors will meet on the 5th of March. If that agreement, as announced today will be ratified by the six-parties, I think I will then present a report to our Board on the 6th of March with how we can implement that request to the Agency to monitor the freeze of their nuclear facilities in Nyongbyon and we will obviously see what technical implications for and how to go about it. However, we have done that before. We were monitoring the freeze of Nyongbyon activities in the past so I don´t see that to be a difficult job. It´s a job we have done before.

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