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IAEA adopts resolution calling on N. Korea to halt nuclear program


The International Atomic Energy Agency adopted Friday a resolution denouncing North Korea's nuclear test in February and calling on the country to stop all activities at its nuclear facilities including the Yongbyon experimental reactor, after recent reports suggesting a restart of operation.

The resolution was introduced jointly by more than 50 countries such as Japan, the United States and South Korea at the U.N. nuclear watchdog's annual general conference meeting.

It also expressed strong concern about North Korea's announcement to restart uranium enrichment activities and urged Pyongyang to adhere to its agreement to scrap all nuclear programs, made in the 2005 six-party talks statement.

Toshiro Ozawa, Japan's permanent representative to the United Nations in Vienna, said the resolution is a strong message from the international community against serious developments in North Korea.

The United States reiterated its call on the North to stop activities to reboot nuclear facilities and allow IAEA monitors to return.