U.S. announces diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea

Hopefully, it looks like somebody else may now be running the show in D.C.!! This also seems to line up with much of Ben’s information. ~J

By Laura Rozen | The Envoy – 4 hrs ago

U.S. negotiator Glyn Davies speaks with journalists in Beijing Feb. 23, 2012 ahead of talks with North Korea.  …The United States announced a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea Wednesday.

Under an agreement reached in direct talks in Beijing last week, North Korea has agreed to allow the return of nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, and has agreed to implement a moratorium on long-range missile tests, nuclear tests, and nuclear activities  at Yongbyon, including uranium enrichment activities, the State Department said. In return, the United States will provide North Korea with a large food aid package.

“To improve the atmosphere for dialogue and demonstrate its commitment to de-nuclearization, the DPRK has agreed to implement a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear tests and nuclear activities at Yongbyon, including uranium enrichment activities,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a press statement Wednesday. “The DPRK has also agreed to the return of IAEA inspectors to verify and monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment activities at Yongbyon and confirm the disablement of the 5-MW reactor and associated facilities.”

Despite the breakthrough, “the United States still has profound concerns regarding North Korean behavior across a wide range of areas,” Nuland’s statement cautioned. But she added that “today’s announcement reflects important, if limited, progress in addressing some of these.”

In return, the United States will “move forward with our proposed package of 240,000 metric tons of nutritional assistance along with the intensive monitoring required for the delivery of such assistance,” she said.

U.S. envoy on North Korean affairs Glyn Davies last week held the first face-to-face talks with his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye Gwan since the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il in December.

Davies’ Feb. 23-24 discussions in Beijing asserted several points, Nuland’s statement said. Among them, “the United States reaffirms that it does not have hostile intent toward the DPRK” and that U.S. sanctions are not targeted against the livelihood of the North Korean people.

Arms control experts welcomed the signs of progress in U.S. efforts to engage Pyongyang. But U.S. North Korea experts advised high caution in assessing Pyongyang’s intent, given its track record of abrupt reversals.

“These steps are modestly significant,” Richard Bush, director of Northeast Asian studies at the Brookings Institution, said in a statement Thursday. However, he noted, they “are only what negotiators call ‘confidence-building measures.’ They could indeed be an initial step on a path towards serious negotiations … Or they could simply be a ploy to get nutritional assistance and meddle in South Korean politics. North Korea’s record suggests the latter, but we shall see.”

The new agreement “appears to be an important step on a long and difficult path,” Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a hearing Thursday. “However, I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you that we’ve been down this road before, and it remains to be seen whether the North will keep its promises this time.”

The announced measures are “an important step toward a verifiable freeze of the most worrisome North Korean nuclear activities,” Daryl Kimball, of the Arms Control Association, wrote in an analysis of the announced agreement. “President Barack Obama and Amb. Glyn Davies … need to maintain the momentum in the weeks and months ahead.”

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3 Responses to U.S. announces diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea

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  2. DrinkDeep says:

    hahaha al – they can Have it!

    Now if we could only get Israel to allow inspectors in…ahem…funny how they seldom mention that even though Iran has signed a treaty, Israel won’t.

    I agree this ties in with Ben’s reports – but there’s also an interesting thing going on with the entire nuclear industry. Gerald Celente mentioned in the Trends Journal that when they started making nukes, they had the choice of using Uranium or Thorium…and Thorium (not sure if I’m spelling that correctly) generates less than 1% of the toxic waste that can be used for weapons. So, in essence, they could agree to knock off the uranium and use thorium to generate nuclear power. Apparently this is under development in many countries already – sounds like it could be a good thing, and why isn’t the U.S. working on it? Because they like the weapons game, no doubt.

    Who decided to send them food when we have so many people hungry in our own country? Why don’t we just teach them how to print food stamps -

  3. alfoss1540 says:

    Will the US be sending some of its finest stocks of Monsanto-grown-processed GMO rich food-products? Mmm Mmm Good!

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