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North Korea begins dismantling nuclear plant

Keeping its promise, North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear reactor at Yongybon under an agreement reached last week, the U.S. State Department reports.
The move comes after the United States agreed to remove North Korea from its list of countries sponsoring terrorists. BBC News reports that “the blacklisting had led deadlock over the country's nuclear disarmament.?
Sean McCormack, a spokesman for the state department, was quoted in the New York Times as saying, “All the seals are back on, the surveillance equipment is back, reinstalled, and the equipment that had been removed is back where it had been.?
McCormack did note that North Korea still had work to do in the fuel reprocessing plant, stating they had not yet gotten back to the baseline where they were, BBC News reports.
The United States decided to remove North Korea from the blacklist after a plan was reached that would allow inspectors into plants to verify that North Korea was dismantling their armament like they promised.
BBC News reports that the move was hailed by South Korea but panned by Japan, which is seeking information regarding the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.