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. nialet

    This is really good news for everyone!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • nolimits3333

      Another foreign policy victory for the Obama administration. And it didn't cost us a trillion dollars and 4,000 American lives.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      It woould have been good news if they did not already have consturcted nuclear bombs. So now they will only have 12 instead of 20! Everyone is safe now!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • NORM

      It does not matter if a moratorium is on or off... the point is ....most countries have nuclear weapons....
      and if a war is declared the countries involved will use them.... there is no mutually assured destruction ..mad..
      when you have insane rulers that are desperate...

      NO ...in the history of humankind...for thousand of years...weapons developed has always been used....

      NO nuclear missiles is the goall......none of them should exist.... we will pay dearly for having them
      all over the world...it is just a matter of time until they are used!!!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

      February 29, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. steve

    why is it that we,the USA always thinks we can tell other countries how and when to do things-one day it may come back to bite us.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • because

      To put it simply, because what goes on over there, matters over here.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      And how exactly is North Korea affecting us over here? They hold no sway over us economically-they are a threat to 'allies in the region',and our political agendas,yes. However, the SCO would like nothing more than to knock the US out of Asia. Are we(our gov't) really looking out for our best interests in every situation. North Korea is a power play-nothing more.

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

    It's a start that all three are talking though.

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

      Absolutely correct.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hasai

    "North Korea approves missile, nuclear curbs...."

    ....Which they'll promptly find some pretext to ignore, just as always.

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

      You're right. We have to be careful. This time we should send them a ton of fresh carne asada burritos and tell them, "If you go back on your work this time...no more burritos."

      February 29, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    I wonder how much this will cost the american tax payers. You know they didn't decide to do this for free.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • effelbee

      Compared to the billions being spent in Afghanistan, you would prefer to spend nothing to avoid a war on the Korean peninsula? Whatever considerations we offered, they are minimal compared to the alternative.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. NORM

    It does not matter if a moratorium is on or off... the point is ....most countries have nuclear weapons....
    and if a war is declared the countries involved will use them.... there is no mutually assured destruction ..mad..
    when you have insane rulers that are desperate...

    NO ...in the history of humankind...for thousand of years...weapons developed has always been used....

    NO nuclear missiles is the goall......none of them should exist.... we will pay dearly for having them
    all over the world...it is just a matter of time until they are used!!!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • ?

      Most? Try 14 of 193...

      February 29, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      @Norm Your statement flies in the face of LOGIC and HISTORY. 1) NOT "most countries" have nuclear weapons, actually there are only eight countries that have nuclear weapons 2) Mankind HAS had nuclear weapons for the past SIXTY-FIVE years and have been used ONLY TWICE 3) NEVER, in the history of man, has nuclear weapons been used OUTSIDE a 'World War' So, Norm, whereas your statement is just super parroted rhetoric meant to instill fear into Americans it has NO BASIS in REALITY. Your post would be better received on Faux Snooze, NOT on CNN.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • NORM

      Sorry, you are gravely mistaken...those countries that have nuclear missiles will use them in the
      case of war... any developed weapons is eventually used.....mad does not exist when
      an insane leader will push the button

      you are gravely in error...!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Poppy

      NORM, please cite your source for your statements on nuclear weapon. Hopefully you 1) have a source, and 2) it's a credible, non-partisan source. I am sure folks will be interested in reading it.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. jam

    Only one reason theses sickos are doing this.....somebody is giving them something!!!!! OBO ZO??????? Are you giving our hard earned monsy away again like you have to every other country that hates us????????

    February 29, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Obama could single-handedly cure AIDS and people would find a way to complain about it,,,pathettic.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      it's because they are short on food since sanctions have hurt economy over there, that means innocent people don't get food unless they let inspections take place. CNN won't report this because it would make the U.S. look inhumane to disallow humans the right to a free resource.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @bob: what free resource are you referring to?

      February 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Litoris

      banasy® I have never seen a Bigger Obumma Fanboy !!

      February 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. freelance

    this is just a democratic propaganda. I will see what Fox news has to say on this one.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Fox will just want to kill everyone in the country in the name of God and Israel. The CNN report not bloody enough for You? If it makes You feel any better innocent people will die if the U.S. doesn't give them food-aid like they want. N. Korea wants food aid in exchange to the inspections.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Poppy

      freelance, nice sarcasm(i hope). At least I picked up on it!

      February 29, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    How much did we agree to pay/give them this time?

    February 29, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. jam

    Hey Obama!!!!! Don't you cut them one dollar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. CJ

    It is always good to keep talking with North Korea. Maybe Kim Jong-Un has a more friendly view of the west or friendly to the idea of some capitalism. China has seen a great reward for allowing some capitalism in their society and North Korea may want to follow in that direction.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sonny

    Are you kidding me? Do you really believe and trust North Korea or any communists, dictorships and ilamic countries? They just want to regroup so they can get more food and aids becuase they are hungry. Has USA learned any lessons about the world yet? Stupid.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. tictoc

    We agreed to a moratorium now send us balooorny as promised!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Fool Me Once...

    Don't listen to what they say...watch what they do.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. OCDlove

    This is a propaganda piece, people. Fake news and fake smiles. The fake news is from us and the fake smiles are from them. Have a good day.

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