BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhuanet) -- Following negotiations in Beijing, the US and the DPRK have finally come to an agreement on Pyongyang's nuclear program. The DPRK has announced a suspension of nuclear activities and given access to inspectors from the IAEA.|
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea says it is suspending its nuclear activity, including tests, long-range missile launches and uranium enrichment.
It has also agreed to allow inspectors from the UN’s nuclear agency into the country in return for food aid.
The US State Department has confirmed the DPRK’s announcement and said they were ready to go ahead with a proposed 240,000 metric-tonne food aid package requested by DPRK and more aid could be agreed based on continued need.
Yuki-ya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, says the agency stands ready to send its inspectors back to the DPRK to monitor the country’s moratorium on uranium enrichment.
The move comes after talks between the US and the DPRK in Beijing last week.
At the third round of negotiations in Beijing, delegates from Pyongyang and Washington agreed it was in their mutual interest to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and to improve relations.
In immediate response, the South Korean foreign ministry said that it particularly noticed the two sides had reached agreement on steps needed to resume the six-party talks, adding that Seoul expects the agreement can be faithfully implemented.
The Japanese Foreign Minister also welcomed the agreement and said he hopes coordination to implement the agreement will make smooth progress.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added that the DPRK’s agreement to suspend nuclear activities is a modest first step in the right direction.(Source: CNTV.cn)