Unprecedented: North Korea Agrees to Suspend its Nuclear Programme in Return for Food Aid from USA

As a result of talks between the United States and North Korea held at Beijing last week, North Korea has agreed to halt its uranium enrichment programme. As a follow-up to the talks between the two nations, agreement has also been reached with regard to the suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests by North Korea. Furthermore, the North will now also allow UN inspectors to visit its reactor in Yongbyon to ensure that the country is complying with the terms of the agreement.

As part of the trade-off, Washington will be providing Pyongyang with food aid amounting to 240,000 tonnes.

While North Korea has conventionally demonstrated its ability to hold its ground in the face of international pressure, however the continuous shortage of food since the famine in the 1990s is finally taking its toll on the country resulting in an unprecedented shift in the foreign policy.

The Beijing talks followed almost immediately after Kim Jong-un took over the government after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il in December, 2011.

Article publié pour la première fois le 29/02/2012

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