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Wednesday 12 February 2003
 
North Korea and the IAEA
 
North Korean soldiers The United Nations nuclear agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, is expected to refer the North Korean nuclear crisis to the United Nations Security Council. The move could open the way for sanctions on North Korea which has expelled UN inspectors and withdrawn from nuclear agreements. This report from Bethany Bell:
 
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In January the UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, gave North Korea one more chance to readmit UN inspectors and abandon its secret nuclear programme. But since then North Korea has withdrawn from the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and the IAEA's director general, Mohammed El Baradei, says he's exhausted all possibilities in his power to bring North Korea into compliance. The IAEA's board of governors is now expected to issue a toughly worded resolution that will take the stand-off with North Korea to the United Nations Security Council. That in turn could pave the way for the imposition of economic and political sanctions on Pyongyang. But there's concern that moving the issue to the Security Council could inflame the crisis. Pyongyang has said it would consider sanctions as a declaration of war.
Bethany Bell, BBC, Vienna
 
 
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nuclear watchdog
 
an organisation checking that countries with nuclear material do not act in an illegal way
 
Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty
 
an agreement to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons
 
exhausted all possibilities
 
has tried everything he could
 
compliance
 
being willing to do what you have been asked
 
issue a toughly worded resolution
 
publish a decision which states firmly what they want to happen
 
stand-off
 
a situation when neither side will make a move
 
pave the way
 
creates a situation where something can happen
 
moving the issue
 
taking discussions about the topic
 
inflame the crisis
 
make the political conflict worse
 
consider sanctions as
 
in their view, sanctions will be
 
 
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