posted on Feb, 13 2007 @ 10:32 AM
Four months after the first nuclear test of the twenty first century, North Korea's leaders have finally take the interests of its people at heart
and agreed to disarm their weapons program. The first solid plan to take hold after more than three years of six-nation talks will give the DPRK as
much as 950,000 tons, or $250 million dollars in aid, as well as well as potentially ushering n a new era of cooperation between the DPRK and their
biggest critics, United States and Japan.
BEIJING - North Korea agreed Tuesday to shut down its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program in exchange for
millions of dollars in aid, just four months after the communist state shocked the world by testing a nuclear bomb.
The deal, reached after arduous talks, marks the first concrete plan for disarmament in more than three years of six-nation negotiations. The plan
also could potentially herald a new era of cooperation in the region with the North's longtime foes — the United States and Japan — also agreeing
to discuss normalizing relations.
Under the deal, the North would receive initial aid equal to 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil for shutting down and sealing its main nuclear reactor and
related facilities at Yongbyon, north of the capital, within 60 days, to be confirmed by international inspectors. For irreversibly disabling the
reactor and declaring all nuclear programs, the North will eventually receive another 950,000 tons in aid. One million tons of oil would be equivalent
to more than two-thirds of North Korea's entire oil consumption in 2004, according figures in the CIA Factbook. Hill said the aid package was
worth about $250 million.
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I see a little diplomacy has finally paid off. What a relief. I am sure the South was beginning to feel a bit edgy these past few years as the
tension in the Pacific Rim has mounted due to their irresponsibility.
Although, one has to wonder if Kim Jong actually only caved in after finally having the sanctions that prevented him from getting his luxury
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