The International Atomic Energy Association has approved its mission to North Korea, and could be inside the pariah nation this week, the BBC reports. Officials will oversee the closure of the Yongbyon nuclear reactor, a major concession the north made in February in exchange for economic and energy aid which has already begun trickling in to Pyongyang.
Last week marked the first time since the country expelled inspectors in 2002 that Western watchdogs have set foot in Yongbyon, which the IAEA estimates is capable of producing one atomic bomb a year. Northern officials have promised the UN organization that it will have full access to the reactor and other facilities. (Read more North Korea stories.)