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DPRK Grants IAEA Access to Yongbyon Facilities

Following is a statement to the media by IAEA Spokesperson Melissa Fleming on the situation in the DPRK: The Democratic People´s Republic of Korea today granted the Agency access to the 5 Megawatt Experimental Nuclear Power Plant, the Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Plant and the reprocessing facility at Yongbyon. As you will recall, the DPRK informed the IAEA on 9 October that its access to these facilities would no longer be permitted. The Agency inspectors were also informed today that, as of tomorrow, 14 October, core discharge activities at the reactor would be resumed, monitored by Agency inspectors. Agency inspectors will also now be permitted to re-apply the containment and surveillance measures at the reprocessing facility. The Agency has not yet been briefed on the details of the verification measures agreed to by the U.S. and the DPRK as a baseline for a Verification Protocol. We assume that we will be fully briefed once all the Six Parties have met to consider it. Naturally, any additional verification role envisaged for the Agency under the Verification Protocol that goes beyond the IAEA´s present ad hoc monitoring and verification arrangement with the DPRK will require Board authorization.

Last update: 26 July 2017

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