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    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anastasia Dmitrieva - The start of a peaceful nuclear power program in North Korea is unrelated to its progress in denuclearization and may be organized in the nearest future given a secure fuel supply, OECD-NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IV, told Sputnik in an interview.

    "From the technical standpoint, there is really no connection between a weapons programme [denuclearization] and a peaceful [nuclear energy] programme. The peaceful programme can be started very quickly; it’s just a matter of establishing a secure fuel supply, which for most countries can be done through imports of enriched uranium so they do not have to worry about enriching their own uranium and can build commercial facilities that can use fabricated fuel," Magwood said, asked how long would it take for Pyongyang to complete denuclearization and switch to a peaceful use of nuclear power.

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Nuclear Energy Agency Director-General added that civilian use of nuclear power also depended on policy as well as security agreements.

    "It’s really just a matter of having the right policy and security frameworks, and if you have those, then you can proceed with a civilian [nuclear power] programme," the OECD-NEA head said.

    READ MORE: North Korea Appears to Halt Dismantlement of Key Missile Site — Reports

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to North Korea next week along with new Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun to continue diplomatic work toward denuclearization.

    On June 12, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore, where they reached an agreement stipulating that North Korea would work toward "a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in exchange for a freeze of the US-South Korean military drills and potential sanctions relief. No concrete time frame was announced for achieving these goals.

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    denuclearization, nuclear energy, Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mike Pompeo, Kim Jong-un, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), United States
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