The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says inspectors will arrive in North Korea Tuesday, to work out plans for that country to begin shutting down its nuclear program.
Mohamed ElBaradei made the comment to reporters in Vienna Friday. Earlier in the day, the top U.S. nuclear envoy said North Korean officials had assured him they want to promptly start shutting down the country's main nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.
Speaking to reporters in Seoul, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said his talks with North Korean officials this week were very detailed, useful and positive. While in Pyongyang, Hill met his North Korean counterpart, Kim Kye Kwan, and Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun. In an interview with CNN, Hill said there is still a "long process" ahead. However, he said he believes North Korea will follow through and dismantle the country's Yongbyon reactor.