Diplomats: North Korea Bans UN Staff from Nuke Complex

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Diplomats say that North Korea has made all of its Yongbyon nuclear facilities off limits to international inspectors.

South Koreans watch TV reporting on North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008. North Korea denied that Kim Jong Il is seriously ill, rejecting media reports questioning the leader's health as a "conspiracy plot," a news report said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Vienna, Austria (AP) Diplomats say that North Korea has made all of its Yongbyon nuclear facilities off limits to international inspectors.

The diplomats say the North's decision was made recently but declined to offer details. The diplomats demanded anonymity Thursday because their information was confidential.

The reported move expands the area that the international atomic energy agency inspectors are no longer allowed to monitor.

Pyongyang already barred agency personnel from its plutonium reprocessing facility at Yongbyon last month, when it made good on threats to restart its weapons-producing atomic program.


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