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DPRK says it will suspend nuclear activity

(Xinhua)

15:13, March 05, 2012

PYONGYANG, Feb. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Wednesday it would suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches, and uranium enrichment activity as agreed with the United States in recent bilateral talks.

"The DPRK, upon request by the U.S. and with a view to maintaining a positive atmosphere for the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks, agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests, long-range missile launches, and uranium enrichment activity at Nyongbyon and will allow the IAEA to monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment while productive dialogues continue," a foreign ministry spokesman told official news agency KCNA.

The move came after high-level DPRK-U.S. talks in Beijing last week.

In an almost simultaneous announcement, the U.S. government confirmed that the DRPK has agreed to the suspension.

"To improve the atmosphere for dialogue and demonstrate its commitment to denuclearization, the DPRK has agreed to implement a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear tests and nuclear activities at Nyongbyon, including uranium enrichment activities," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

She said the DPRK had also agreed to the return of U.N. inspectors to "verify and monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment activities at Nyongbyon and confirm the disablement of the 5-MW reactor and associated facilities."

Despite "profound concerns" regarding DPRK's behavior, Nuland said the announcement reflected "important, if limited, progress."

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Sam Teng at 2012-03-12210.195.54.*
The statement by Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that it would suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches, and uranium enrichment activity should be applauded. This is in line with the expectations of all peace loving countries. In addition, DPRK can exploit its beautiful country to more tourists by opening up. I for one would like to visit the beautiful country of DPRK if circumstances allow. The revenue generated from more tourists visiting DPRK will be a great help to its development and progress.
Ron at 2012-03-06113.231.240.*
Kalammazu- Muammar Gaddafi was killed (or murdered) during a revolution. Having nukes would not have saved him unless he nuked his own country. The USSR had many nukes but that did not keep them in power
Ron at 2012-03-06113.231.240.*
HuaQiao- Why would anyone want to feed his starving people when he can build nukes. Everyone knows that nukes taste better than corn or rice
Kalammazu at 2012-03-06123.243.46.*
Colonel Gardafi"murder because he gave up nuke,its a good lesson to learn Mr.Kim & if Chairman Mow didn"t have one he would have been buchered long ago.
HuaQiao at 2012-03-0575.72.239.*
You don"t grow stronger but weaker? You don"t make more nukes but less? You don"t stand firm on your believe but open for negotiation? Your Dad would be groaning from his grave! Bush the father spared Saddam Hussan, but Bush the son murdered Saddam Hussen. Now, Kim the father stood firm on his ideology but Kim the son chicken off? Come on Mr. President KIM!
  

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