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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Nuke agency cautious on North Korea visit

VIENNA (AP) -- As international tensions rise over a planned North Korean rocket launch, the U.N. nuclear agency is taking a wait-and-see attitude on an offer from the North to allow agency experts back into the country, according to a letter shared with The Associated Press.

In the March 30 letter, circulated internally among the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35 member-nations, IAEA head Yukiya Amano expresses thanks for the March 16 overture by North Korean Atomic Energy head Ri Je Son and says "the IAEA will follow up on your invitation in a constructive spirit."

At the same time, the letter appears to make some linkage between an IAEA mission to the North and whether a Feb. 29 agreement between Pyongyang and Washington can be salvaged despite North Korean plans for a long-range rocket launch in mid-April - a launch the U.S. says would sabotage the deal. Read More