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Ri: IAEA Inspectors to Return to N. Korea in Near Future Updated: 2012-03-13 12:00:00 KST

Ri: IAEA Inspectors to Return to N. Korea in Near Future
There are signs of a thaw in North Korea's approach to the rest of the world.
North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says Pyeongyang will soon reopen its nuclear facilities to International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA inspectors.
Wrapping up his visit to New York Ri told reporters on Monday, that North Korea is taking concrete measures to fulfill its part of last month's agreement with the United States on food aid.
When asked about the possibility of an inter-Korean dialogue, Ri said Pyeongyang is ready to talk with South Korea if Seoul shows respect for and follows through on the joint declarations made in 2000 and 2007 under the Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun administrations.
But Ri in New York to attend a closed-door academic forum. then expressed doubt that the current South Korean government is ready to do that.
Questioned about a report in Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun indicating that North Korea has suggested opening liason offices in both Washington and Pyeongyang Ri said no specific proposal has been made.
North Korea's vice foreign minister stressed that reducing the hostility between the two countries is a starting point and said that if the U.S. wants to see improvement in relations with his country, North Korea is ready to accept the overture.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.
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