North Korea wants to begin work again at a closed nuclear facility

VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- North Korea wants the International Atomic Energy Agency to remove the seals on a shuttered nuclear reactor.

The U.N. watchdog group has been monitoring the facility since it was shut down and sealed last year as part of the North's pledge to dismantle its nuclear program.

IAEA chief Mohamed ELBaradei (ehl-BEHR'-uh-day) has told the 35-nation group's meeting in Vienna, Austria, that the North Korean government says it wants to "carry out tests at the reprocessing plant" and that the tests will not involve nuclear material.

The international agreement with the North, struck in 2007, has been unraveling since last month. The U.S. refused to remove North Korea from its list of states that sponsor terrorism until it accepts a plan to verify a declaration of its nuclear programs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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