The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says there is NO immediate prospect of an agency mission taking place in North Korea.
Yukiya Amano said Monday that, after recent contact with Pyeongyang, it became clear that no inspectors will be sent to the country any time soon, despite an invitation from North Korea.
Pyeongyang had sent the invitation in March following an agreement with the United States a month earlier to halt its missile and nuclear tests in exchange for food aid.
However, after North Korea's attempted rocket launch in April, Washington scrapped plans for additional food aid and North Korea told the IAEA that it was no longer bound to have nuclear inspectors in the country.
Amano called on the North to abide by international regulations and cooperate promptly and fully with the agency.