Thursday, June 28, 2007
UN inspectors finally allowed back to NK
As noted here, UN inspectors are back in North Korea today to visit a nuclear plant for the first time since they were kicked out in 2002. This comes at a convenient time, and probably has a lot to do with the transfer of funds that just occurred finally. If all goes well, IAEA inspectors will also be allowed back in to do formal inspections. Though the reason for the visit was not explicitly explained, I would assume it was to check on the progress of closing the reactor. The article also talks about how North Korea has agreed to look into the kidnapping case as well. I'm sure that the DPRK has kept a close eye on the victims, and it would be easy to allow Japan access to them if they really wanted to.