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(LEAD) IAEA condemns N.K. nuke program, demands concrete steps for denuclearization

All News 15:41 October 01, 2016

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SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. nuclear watchdog has adopted a resolution, condemning North Korea's nuclear weapons program "in the strongest terms" and demanding Pyongyang take "concrete steps" toward denuclearization, foreign ministry here said Saturday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency adopted the resolution unanimously as it wrapped up its general conference held last week in Vienna, according to the ministry. The week-long meeting ended on Friday (local time).

"The latest resolution pointed out the North's resumption of reprocessing activities this year and condemned the North's continued nuclear activities in a stronger manner than last year," the ministry said in a press release.

The IAEA and its members reaffirmed their stance that they will not tolerate the North owning nuclear weapons, while strongly deploring its persistent pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.

They also urged the communist state to dismantle all of its nuclear weapons and related programs in compliance with the denuclearization promise made with other six-party negotiation countries in 2005, the ministry said.

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