IAEA asked to play a more important role in the North Korean denuclearisation process; US and South Korean Presidents jointly push Pyongyang to agree on a verification plan
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  • The IAEA is being asked to play a more proactive role in the North Korean denuclearisaton process. The call follows a meeting in Singapore of the foreign ministers of the six countries involved in talks on North Korea's nuclear disarmament, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun. It is noted that if the Agency played a more important role, then it would give credence to the efforts to the six-parties to denuclearise North Korea1.

    In other developments, President Bush and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak jointly pressed Pyongyang to agree on a verification plan for its nuclear weapons program or continue to face international isolation. At a joint press conference, Bush expressed concern over North Korea’s uranium enrichment, its nuclear testing and proliferation activities, as well as its ballistic missile programs2.

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