North Korea agreed to suspend nuclear weapons tests and uranium enrichment, and allow in international inspectors, according to the US State Department. The US will provide food aid.
Seoul, South Korea
The US announced a possible watershed agreement with North Korea today under which the US will supply food to North Korea while the North calls a moratorium on nuclear and missile programs and admits inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The deal at once raised hopes for genuine reversal of a confrontation that, if anything, had seemed to be worsening in recent days while North Korea fired off rhetorical barrages denouncing annual US-South Korean military exercises that began on Monday.
Analysts, however, are far from certain the agreement will really work, or whether North Korea will abide by all the pledges in the agreement.
“It’s worth giving it a try,” says David Straub, former State Department Korea desk officer, but “all the steps are readily reversible.”
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