UN Could Send Nuclear Inspectors to North Korea Within Weeks After Reaching a Deal

김동수 / 기사승인 : 2019-07-16 17:51:54
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[스페셜경제= Dongsu Kim] The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nation's watchdog, said that it will send inspectors to North Korea if ever it reaches a deal to abolish its nuclear program within weeks if asked to verify and monitor the rogue country's denuclearization.

IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano addressed the UN Security Council, saying the IAEA is the lone international organization prepared to do the job “in an impartial, independent and objective manner.”

“Subject to the approval of our Board of Governors, we could respond within weeks to any request to send inspectors back to the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea),” he said, speaking to the 15-member council at a meeting on the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Reuters reported that the IAEA has had no access to Pyongyang since it expelled the watchdog's inspectors in 2009. It now monitors the rogue country's nuclear activities mostly via satellite imagery.

Sending in the IAEA inspectors “would help to make the implementation of any agreement sustainable," Amino said, adding that it would also help in North Korea's denuclearization in a "complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner," as mandated by the Security Council's numerous resolutions.

The business news site added that the watchdog is supervising the implementation of a 2015 deal between Iran and other world powers to abolish its nuclear program. United States President Donald Trump exited the deal with Iran in May 2018.

He and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have already met twice over the past year to talk about denuclearization. In February, the two leaders' summit in Vietnam was cut short after they failed to come to an agreement when Pyongyang asked for lifting economic sanctions in exchange for the procedure to demolish its nuclear plans.

Following the collapsed talks, the business news site saw documents in which Trump reportedly gave Kim a paper that included a blunt demand to transfer the North's nuclear weapons and bomb fuel stateside.

UN, "국제원자력기구, 북한 핵 프로그램에 대한 감시 강화할 것"

[스페셜경제= 김동수 기자] 유엔 산하 핵 감시 기구인 국제원자력기구(IAEA)가 북한의 비핵화가 합의되면 수주 내로 북한에 사찰단을 파견할 준비를 하고 있다고 밝혔다. 

아마노 유키야 IAEA 사무총장은 뉴욕 유엔본부에서 열린 안전보장이사회 회의에서 "북한과 핵 프로그램 포기를 위한 협상이 타결된다면 IAEA는 유엔 안보리 이사회의 승인에 따라 북한의 비핵화를 검증하고 감시하기 위해 몇 주 안에 사찰단을 파견할 준비가 돼 있을 것"이라고 말했다. 그는 이어 "IAEA는 공정하고, 독립적이며 객관적인 방법으로 북한의 비핵화 사찰을 수행할 유일한 국제 기구"라고 덧붙였다.

한편 IAEA는 원자력이 군사적 목적으로 전용되는 것을 방지하기 위해 1957년 설립된 유엔 산하 기구로, 핵 관련시설 사찰 등을 실시하고 있다. 

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