North Korea Allows Access To Reactor

Team Infidel

Forum Spin Doctor
New York Times
February 23, 2008
Pg. 7

YONGBYON, North Korea (AP) — The broadcaster APTN, the international television division of The Associated Press, was permitted on Friday to visit the North Korean nuclear reactor in Yongbyon, the heart of the North’s nuclear program.
At the site, 60 miles north of Pyongyang, the capital, Yongbyon’s chief engineer reiterated the government’s position that it was disabling the reactor as promised in the disarmament-for-aid deal, but that it had slowed down its compliance because the other countries were not meeting their commitments.
APTN showed North Korean workers in protective suits removing spent nuclear fuel from the facility’s reactor.
The visit came as talks have stalled over differences on whether the North has fully declared its nuclear programs under an October deal reached with the United States, China, Russia, Japan and South Korea.
“It has been slowed down,” said the chief engineer, Yu Sun-chol. “Especially the discharge of fuel rods from the core has been slowed down.”