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IAEA chief hopes for return of nuclear inspectors to DPRK

INTERNATIONAL Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Mohamed ElBaradei today called for dialogue to resolve nuclear issues with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"The only way to resolve the issues is through dialogue," ElBaradei told reporters at a conference on nuclear energy in Beijing. "There is no other solution apart from dialogue."

He said direct dialogue, and dialogue on the basis of mutual respect, should be conducted through the United Nations Security Council to resolve such issues in Iran, DPRK and Cuba, instead of "flexing muscles"

The DPRK Tuesday required IAEA inspectors to stop their work and leave the country as soon as possible, a day after the Security Council condemned the DPRK's April 5 "rocket" launch. The DPRK claimed it was a satellite launch.

The U.N. Security Council said in a statement that the launch was "in contravention of Security Council Resolution 1718" and demanded the DPRK "not conduct any further launch."

ElBaradei said he also hoped the IAEA would be allowed to resume work in the country.

China urged "calm and restraint" Thursday from the six parties in the talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula after the DPRK asked international inspectors to leave the country.

ElBaradei said he was optimistic about resuming talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. "I think six-party talks will be resumed."


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