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North Korea to help UN experts on reactor shutdown

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North Korea say it will cooperate with UN experts who currently on their way to Pyongyang to verify the shutting down a nuclear reactor, as resolution to the long-running dispute over the facility moves another step closer. The visit follows on from the release of North Korean funds that had been blocked by the international community.

Chief UN atomic energy inspector Olli Heinonen said talks on the reactor’s closer should conclude within days. The 18 million euros frozen in a bank in Macau, were the main stumbling block to negotiations on North Korea’s nuclear programme. Pyongyang had refused to implement earlier agreements until they were released.

As part of the deal North Korea will also receive fuel aid and other benefits, including steps to lift trade sanctions and its removal from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.