TOKYO, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is making preparations to dispatch its inspectors to North Korea in case the secretive nation decides to accept them, the head of the global agency was quoted as saying Monday.
On his visit to Japan, the IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano told Foreign Minister Taro Kono that his agency is "drawing up a plan for inspection and training (of inspectors)," according to Kyodo news service.
He added that the IAEA will be ready to send inspectors back to the North as soon as a related deal is reached.
He expressed hope for the IAEA's major role in denuclearizing the nation.
The North expelled IAEA inspectors in 2009.
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