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North Korea Agrees to Nuclear Disarmament

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2007 – North Korea has agreed to shut down nuclear operations and allow international inspectors into the country, President Bush announced today, hailing it as an important step toward a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

At six-party talks in Beijing, North Korea said that within 60 days it will shut down and seal all operations at the primary nuclear facilities it has used to produce weapons-grade plutonium. North Korea also agreed to allow international inspectors to verify and monitor this progress and to disclose all of its nuclear programs as an initial step toward abandoning them.

In exchange for North Korea’s commitments, the five other parties at the table -- China, Russia, Japan, South Korea and the United States -- made commitments to provide economic, humanitarian and energy assistance to the people of North Korea.

“This is a unique deal. First of all, unlike any other agreement, it brings together all of North Korea's neighbors in the region, as well as the United States,” Bush said today at a White House news conference.

Bush noted that the agreement is backed by a United Nations Security Council resolution.

The breakthrough came at the six-party talks because other countries joined the U.S. in condemning North Korea’s nuclear programs, Bush said. The North Koreans have to prove themselves by actually following through on the deal, he said, but if they do, the people will benefit greatly.

The first aid that will arrive in North Korea will be 50,000 tons of fuel from South Korea as soon as the main weapons manufacturing facility is shut down and all the nuclear programs are declared, Bush said. If the North Koreans disable and abandon all their nuclear facilities, other countries will step in with additional fuel, food and economic assistance, he said. “That's not going to happen until there's some verifiable measures that have been taken,” he added.

“This is good progress; it is a good first step,” Bush said. “There's a lot of work to be done to make sure that the commitment is made and this agreement becomes a reality. But I believe it's an important step in the right direction.”

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kao1205 wrote:

good!the world needs pease !
Posted on 02/14/07 21:20:08

kao1205 wrote:

This is good progress
Posted on 02/14/07 21:21:22

Admiral101 wrote:

I may be 14 but I also think it is a good process for tackling world peace!
Posted on 02/15/07 09:03:45

no war wrote:

Posted on 02/15/07 17:20:19

Justin Spann wrote:

Yes Bush is correct it is a good first step i think if North Korea stands behind it 100%
Posted on 02/15/07 19:29:11

Morris wrote:

I don't beleive a nation totaly against everything america and it's allies is and stands for, will will honor such an agreement!
Posted on 02/16/07 00:29:21

Laurel wrote:

North Koreans know full well how good the people in South Korea have it compared to their situation. Lets hope that the suffering people in North Korea are considered by their communist government.
Posted on 02/18/07 22:49:26

Ben wrote:

It sounds good and dandy but I still don't trust N. Korea.
Posted on 02/19/07 08:50:14

huse wrote:

its good
Posted on 02/19/07 20:46:07

Michael Glenn Jr wrote:

It may be a sincere agreement But I feel that my Government should stay on alert for any possible signs of deciet from N.Korea and any possible agreements that other countries have with N. Korea.
18 yrs old
Posted on 02/20/07 08:58:14

wade wrote:

I like to blow up north korea.
Posted on 02/20/07 11:51:08

derrek wrote:

bush is stupid
Posted on 02/23/07 11:47:03

nate wrote:

ya right do they really think it will be that easy we have already pretty much taken over one country whats another one on bushes belt and whats funny and sad is that more people will die and everyone will still go around like they dont even know whats going on just living in there own happy little worlds.
Posted on 02/24/07 07:32:18

ben wrote:

why dont north and south korean just be one nation. bush act like he came up with this he didnt.
Posted on 03/01/07 13:30:45

ben wrote:

bush should of done same to iraq instead of invading them
Posted on 03/01/07 14:47:56

Lil G wrote:

I think it would be a great step forward for North Korea in making their half of the country free of poverty and help in aid.

Camp Humphrey's , Korea
Posted on 03/06/07 01:12:40

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