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. truth

    if you really want to get things rolling. sell them john deere tractors and teach them how to grow enough food to feed their people.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralf The Dog

      That would require them to have money.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      They DO have money...it would require them to NOT spend ALL OF IT it on a few government officials and the military.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Ruth

      Deja vou..!! They have made agreements before and never honor them. They rather starve their people than make progress and join the international community.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Henriette

    Great. We make progress amid a very sensitive relationship, and make sure we mention our other disagreements. That's very bright.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Guest

    First bit of good news I've heard from that country in a while. I'm a Repub but I'll compliment any president that can keep things peaceful and diplomatic. Tired of war – tired of seeing our men and women die, tired of not seeing progress in Iraq or Afghan, tired of throwing billions down the drain on war when the money could be better spent elsewhere.

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

      I am a Dem and I fully support your post!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Stroker53

      I TOTALLY agree with you.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      February 29, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Ruth

      100 billion a year would build many bridges, roads, hospitals, schools etc.. may be free health care, 100 billions is a lot of money to be wasted just in Afghanistan, and they do not like us..

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

      Finally, a Republican that has sense! Good for you!!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Danny

    OUI, the Faux Snooze ignorant rhetoric parrots are out in force, on this NEWS article. It is just AMAZING how out of touch with reality these Faux viewers REALLY are! You call 'liberals' SICK? Your ILK would refuse FOOD to STARVING people out of some ignorance and hatefilled rhetoric. CHINA is part of this agreement and North Korea is VERY LOYAL to China. North Korea is moving AWAY from being (Bush's) 'Axis of evil', but the Fuax ILK just can NOT move ahead into the 21st century. I PRAY that the WAR the Faux ILK is scrapping for NEVER happens... How SICK it is that this ILK prefers WAR and HATE and LIES and RHETORIC over TRUTH and PEACE!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Never Assume

    Score another one for President Obama. Why couldn't Boosh get it done?

    February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralf The Dog

      Bush was a wimp.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. ML

    Anyone familiar with the negotiations process knows that real progress begins with small steps designed to show that compromise is possible. Like a chess match...I've made a move, now time for you to make one. It makes perfect sense that you would begin by curtailing current development if you are serious about arresting long term development. Good news for sure....back to you Mr. Pres.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. person

    the only way to ensure peace is assassinating the evil ones. of course who is evil depends on who you are.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. nolimits3333

    Another victory for Obama.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. mikeykid

    And just how many BILLIONS of dollars did this cost the US taxpayers ??

    February 29, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      So, it's better not to do anything and just let them build, build, build? This isn't about YOU, mikeykid. How many BILLIONS is it costing us to sustain the faux wars in the ME?

      Talk is cheap, and guess what? Effective.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. rcdc

    Talks are cheap. Its good for diplomacy. More good and positive action from their (North Korea) part are needed. We (USA) should be cautious. Those smiling face may hunt us someday.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Andrew St

    These guys are always laughing it up in the pictures.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Just off the camera is the sign that says, "Smile now, or die."

      February 29, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    BTW-this may not have been Kim Jong-Un's decision. His uncle-along with elements of the military-are thought to be calling the day-to-day shots. So, this may be more significant than many of you think.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. The King

    Does this mean the price of gas is going to drop? If not who cares.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Um....the people that could be annihilated?

      February 29, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. gamerk2

    Interesting this happens early with the new leader of the country. Might mean NK can be nudged back to sanity over the long term, but this could be a ploy on their end as well. Too early to say for sure, but a positive first step nontheless.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. NetNinja

    Missiles for food. North Korea is China's buffer from democratic influence from South Korea.
    How about openness to the world for food? We trade weapons for food? How about ideas for food? Ideas are dangerous so something as terrifying as a missile launched into Seoul is pacified with 10 tons of food to appease the great dear leader? Like sacrificing lives to the Volcano which can erupt at any time?
    Nothing will change with this regime. The military has a firm hold of these people. I could not say if the commoner is happy or they don't know any better.
    When a country restricts travel of its people is it for their own good or the good of the government?
    The South won't risk a war for fear of economic ruin and the North won't risk one due to a possibility of losing their grip on an entire nation of drones.
    So from time to time it's ok to lose a dozen lives or so every year to rattle cages and to make people in power cower under the threat of all-out war.
    Tough place to be in and I would not want to be in anyone’s shoes.

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