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According to The Korea Herald, an English-language South Korean daily, the South Korean team will discuss the option of buying unused fuel rods stored at Yongbyon. Seoul first offered to buy the fuel rods in 2007.

"The fact-finding team will study economic and technical feasibility of the fresh fuel rods," a ministry source said.
"If the price is too expensive, we will not [be] able to buy the fuel rods. We have to take into account that conservatives here may protest the purchase plan," the source said on condition of anonymity....
North Korea has so far completed eight of the 11 disablement steps. The remaining three include extracting spent fuel rods from the nuclear reactor, taking the unused fuel rods out of the North, and removing the driving gear of the control rod.
So far, 3,200 of the 8,000 spent fuel rods have been extracted and stored in water tanks. Used fuel rods can be used to obtain weapons-grade plutonium. The control rod can be disabled once all the used fuel rods have been removed.
North Korea reportedly has some 2,000 fresh fuel rods.
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