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|N Korea closes more nuclear sites
||N Korea closes more nuclear sites
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North Korea has shut down four more of its nuclear facilities in addition to its main reactor, the head of the UN nuclear agency has confirmed.
"We have verified that all five nuclear facilities have been shut down," International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei said.
North Korea closed its sole working reactor at Yongbyon on Saturday.
The move comes with international envoys meeting in Beijing to discuss the next steps in a disarmament deal.
Delegates from six nations want North Korea to agree to a timetable for the second phase of the deal, under which it must declare and disable all its nuclear facilities.
If North Korea does end its nuclear programme, under the 13 February 2007 agreement it is to receive a total of one million tons of energy aid.