Six-party negotiators agree on verification mechanism

July 12th, 2008 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 12 (Xinhua) Negotiators at the six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear issue Saturday agreed to set up a verification mechanism for denuclearization of the communist country. The verification mechanism, announced by head of the Chinese delegation Wu Dawei here at the conclusion of the three-day talks, consists of experts from the six nations - China, the US, North Korea, South Korea, Russia and Japan.

It provided for visits to facilities, review of documents, and interviews with technical personnel, Wu said.

The mechanism welcomes the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN’s nuclear watchdog, to provide consultancy and assistance for relevant verification when necessary, he said.

The six nations also agreed to set up a monitoring mechanism, consisting of the six top negotiators, to ensure all nations fulfil their respective commitments of non-proliferation and economic and energy assistance to North Korea.

The parties mapped out a timetable for economic and energy assistance to North Korea along with the disablement of its Yongbyon nuclear facilities, stressing that the disablement and assistance should go “in parallel”.

According to the timetable, North Korea will complete disablement of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities by the end of October, 2008.

The US and Russia will provide the remaining heavy fuel oil (HFO) assistance to Pyongyang before the disablement completes.

China and South Korea will sign binding agreements with North Korea for the non-HFO assistance by the end of August, 2008.

The new round of discussions came after North Korea handed over the long-awaited nuclear declaration list late June and then blew up a cooling tower in its main nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.

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