February 29th, 2012
09:45 AM ET

North Korea approves missile, nuclear curbs, U.S. says

North Korea has agreed to a moratorium on nuclear activity at Yongbyon, its major nuclear facility, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday. North Korea also has agreed to a moratorium on long-range missile launches.

The announcement came Wednesday after a U.S. delegation returned from Beijing following a third exploratory round of bilateral talks.

In a statement, the State Department said the United States "still has profound concerns regarding North Korean behavior across a wide range of areas" but that today’s announcement "reflects important, if limited, progress in addressing some of these."

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  1. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Of course they agreed to a moratorium. They've already produced enough nuclear weapons to ensure their own destruction.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Well, at least they're *talking*....!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. NJD

    Wow! There may be intelligent life in NK after all.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • malik

      Why should US be the only country in the world that's not monitored by other nations? Superiority? Upmyass.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. nolimits3333

    Another foreign policy victory for Obama.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • andyoo

      who knows what obama give in the back door to get this? election time is coming.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      What can he give them? It's NK. If it was a bribe of food, all the better.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry L

      I agree! The cynical right-wingers will post negative comments. That darned Obama keeps doing intelligent things and upsetting the neo-con plan for failure during his entire Presidency. It's so unfair that he keeps making good things happen when they've worked so hard to make him fail!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • FLIndpendent

      @Larry – it really is quite amazing how the Repubs can't find anything at all good to say about our President. The hate overfloweth and for what reason? As a left leaning Independent Bush had my full support right after 9/11 but unfortunately blew it when he invaded Iraq, however I didn't vote for him and was willing to support him. No matter what Obama accomplishes these people just won't budge on their hatred – truly pathetic! Also, they seem to like Hillary, who they seem to forget is the Secretary of State and who is the one in charge of the diplomatic efforts, but give her no credit and go right back to Obama bashing. I hope all of you that are voting Repub in the November remember that you'll be voting for an entire administration change, not just President and that all the efforts of this administration will be down the toilet!!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jason

    in other news...north korea has met with china to ensure a long-term nuclear weapon proliferation campaign.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gerald

    This year`s crop must have been less than expected. NK needs our food to tide hem over until Spring harvest.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Okay Dokay

    Further BREAKING NEWS!: North Korea agrees to resume nuclear activity at Yongbyon, its major nuclear facility, U.S. State Department says.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sick

    Oh I guess they ran out of food or medicine or something.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. mikrik13

    So what did the US agree to in order to receive these consideration from NK.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. rick

    How many billions $ just got stashed into this little man's Swiss bank account. Dollar Bill Diplomacy at its best.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Hey man, what ever it takes. Pay off this bug if it slows down nuclear annihilation.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • rick

      Josh, but it just as likely creates a rewards incentive to play the scenario in a repeated fashion (which NK does every six months or so.....most often before U.S. election cycles). I would argue that it increases the potential for nuclear disaster since other nations see the game pay off and decide they wish to play as well. The scenario provides no disincentive and the game never ends.....and we all lose. (and no, this is not a comment on either political party, they both have played the same game, and are equally as guity)

      February 29, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. mullahfullahbullah

    From NK it was heard "Sure we will take all the bribes you offer but remember the last several times while taking your goods we did what we wanted anyway. Before I forget, thanks for funding our military in a round about way. If you did not supply us with food we may have to cut our military expenses." Our politicians are morons.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob L

      Sometimes you have to give the dog a treat to get it to do something.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • freedom5071

      and sometimes you have to punish the dog for peeing in the house.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. alfranken

    So the cycle continues but under a new dictator: they run out of food and promise to stop their nuclear ambitions. After we give them food they go right back to their ambitions. New day same BS.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. total non sense

    We need a Free Nation league, where them main objective is to destroy Nuke/miitary installation of any enemy nation (Communist/Islamic). This is the only way to ensure peace. keep the back guy in the stone age.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Kim Jung Obama

      I came back to make sure you knew that you were a moron.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Peter

    A moratorium.......really because they are such and open and honest society......given the liberties that they withhold from their citizens I find it very hard to believe they have made any real change.....However, we can always hope......Announcements like this are disingenuious. because no one really knows what kind of progress has been made.....Come on the economy has been on the turnaround several times...

    February 29, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. NORTH KOREA

    SEND IN SEALS TEAM

    February 29, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Or Chuck "Scott McCoy" Norris

      February 29, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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