UN nuclear inspectors have confirmed the shut down of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear reactor. North Korean officials said they closed the facility over the weekend at around the same time as they received a shipment of some 6,200 tonnes of oil provided by Seoul as part of an aid-for-disarmament deal.
South Korea sent a second delivery of 7,500 tonnes of oil on Monday. Providing 50,000 tonnes from the South is part of the disarmament deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency says it will take a month to install seals and monitoring equipment to ensure Pyongyang keeps the reactor closed.