North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons once the US lifts its financial sanctions, says the head of the international atomic energy watchdog. Mohamed El Baradei spoke on returning from talks in Pyongyang: “I think they were very clear that they are willing to implement the February 13th agreement once the other parties implement their part.”
On arriving in Pyongyang, El Baradei was told North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator had other commitments and could not meet him. North Korea said last month it would close its main reactor in Yongbyon by mid-April in return for significant energy aid. But Pyongyang is still waiting for the US to allow the release of frozen funds – North Korea’s condition for shutting down the reactor. Washington says the issue will resolved as promised.