BEIJING, July 14 (RIA Novosti) - Pyongyang received Saturday the first 6,200 metric tons of fuel oil from Seoul as part of an international denuclearization deal, the Xinhua news agency said referring to a source in the South Korean Unification Ministry.
South Korea will ship a total of 50,000 tons of fuel for North Korean thermal power plants within about 20 days. In exchange, Pyongyang should shut down its main Yongbyon nuclear reactor as part of the February 13 agreement on North Korea's nuclear disarmament reached by North and South Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and the United States.
The shipment coincided with the arrival in Pyongyang Saturday of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, who will monitor the shutdown of the Yongbyon reactor.
The official spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Thursday Beijing would host another round of the six-nation talks July 18-19.