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US nuclear experts pull out of North Korea

world Updated: Apr 18, 2009 08:37 IST

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US Monitors of North Korea's nuclear program left the communist nation after the regime ordered them out and vowed to restart its reactor in anger over UN Criticism of its recent rocket launch.

The four Americans arrived yesterday in Beijing on a flight from Pyongyang but declined to speak to reporters. Their departure came a day after UN Nuclear inspectors left the North. One US Official remains in Pyongyang and will leave today, the State Department said.

The pullout of all international inspectors will leave the global community with no onsite means to monitor North Korea's nuclear facilities, which can yield weapons-grade plutonium if restarted.

North Korea vowed earlier this week to restart its nuclear program and quit six-nation disarmament talks because the UN Security Council criticized its April 5 rocket launch as a violation of resolutions barring it from ballistic missile-related activity.