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. Joshua

    it takes a young and clean heart to see the needs of others God will reward you kin. good job. is not death people want is food to fill their belly and it is provided free from God to all. only goverments think they created it. USA Will be judge too.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Myself

    Once again this administration has done an excellent job using diplomacy.

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

      Well said.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Retgman

      Diplomacy? You've being sarcastic right? Whew!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ret, we get it.
      You hate Obama and anything he accomplishes.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • OilmanBC

      Must be a prt of the administration !

      February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • sbast18

      um...once again??? I applaud the apparent resolution of the immediate crisis, but I'm wondering what brought about the resolution. In short, what did we give them? You may recall that, not too long ago, the wonderful administration you speak of returned from Pakistan to report that 10's of thousands of jobs for US citizens had been successfully negotiated... Pakistan, a country with whom we had very cool relations, warmed up temporarily and then qujickly stabbed us in the back in new and improved ways. Oh. And those 10's of thousands of jobs? Well...hundreds were created, at least. Mosty in Pakistani factories, though. Their products are now readily available in stores all over the United States (I simply won't buy them). Given this, and scores of other Presidential blemishes that have continuously come about with minimal reporting, I prefer to wait for the rest of the story and the final outcome before joining your approving ranks.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And the main "export" we got out of Pakistan was OBL...

      February 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim McDonald

    North Korea is just a brutal dictatorship that China uses as a tool to attack America by proxy. These are the same people that last week were threating us with war. The only people that believe any of the claptrap that comes from these folks, are still also waiting for that Hope & Change to come...

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

      What attack? Wake up from your dreams and take in the reality instead.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence Dudzik

      Unfortunately you hit the nail right on the head. Another one of those inconvenient truths.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. mebury

    hey Joshua.....tin foil on a little tight today?

    February 29, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    What were they bribed with this time?

    February 29, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Diplomacy is the ticket...war should be the LAST tactic used, not the first.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Retgman

      Four more years of the most misdirected administration ever seen!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Verus the 8 years of the war-mongering previous administration?
      You bet!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tyler D

    4 more years!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    Good news.,, and a reminder that good diplomacy is better than effective warfare any day. Congrats to the diplomatic/military delegation. Job well done. Now the next question-does this mean that Kim Jong-Un (or his powerful uncle thought to be running the show) is charting a new course? Are there non-naive ways to explore this possibility?

    February 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. DMF

    bush did it.......

    February 29, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Trey

    I agree that if Kim Jong-Un works to better relations with the U.S. and others, that the "old guard" and/or China will knock him off. What a shame! The man could create good will with the people and the country could flourish – if only there is someone powerful that has his back.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. high hopes

    Well, that's good news til the next time they have a rumbly in their tumbly!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. DMF

    was bush's fault

    February 29, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. steve

    North Korea we will not directly attack because we are afraid of war with China and Russia.Iran we will not go to war with because we are afraid of war with China and Russia.Syria as well.The SCO(Shanghai corporation Organization)has said, apparently, enough is enough.They will now try and stop the USA from expanding more influence in Asia.All we will see from the US now is talk.We pick on the little guys(ie Iraq,Afghanistan)-where are we now?

    February 29, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. CJ

    I'll be amazed if this doesn't end just like the deals Clinton agreed to. Yes they have a new leader but you need to question how much power he really holds in the government now that his dad has died.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. OilmanBC

    Maybe we all ought to wait and see what WE really gave up in this deal. Why are we only dealing with a moratorium anyway? Why not complete cessation? We should trust nothing that our administration says or does, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Sad.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Your nanme say it all.

      February 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
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