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NK leader Kim Jong-il reveals intention to allow IAEA nuke inspection

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il reportedly revealed his intention to accept an IAEA nuclear inspection in a recent meeting with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, local broadcaster MBC reported Wednesday.

Citing a government source, it said Kim had certain “complicating” preconditions to be met before it would go ahead with the inspections. However, Kim expressed his willingness to let the IAEA look at the country’s nuke facilities, MBC said.

Details of the preconditions given by Kim were unknown.

This is the first time the communist nation has revealed its intention to permit an inspection of its nuke facilities, which was a mandatory condition for the reopening of the six-party talks for South Korea, the United States and Japan.

From news reports