North Korea will not allow international inspectors to visit its nuclear facilities, the Japanese press reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources from diplomacy.
The measure would be a response to the decision of interrupting a food aid programme for the North Korean people by the United States.
The Americans had promised to help the impoverished people of North Korea with tonnes of food, if the rulers of the Asian country would suspend nuclear and missile tests and receive inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The agreement was however suspended last Friday, when North Korea made a new rocket launch, which it insisted it was a satellite launch operation, while the West saw it as a missile test.
North Korea officially said it would pursue the terms of the agreement even after last week’s launch, but if it chooses to abandon it, other launches may follow, the diplomatic sources said.