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. NORM

    NO NUKES! At all..................................

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

      Agreed, they should just be outlawed internationally.

      Just like murder...that seems to have worked really well.

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

      the day responsible countries give up nukes will be the end of humanity

      February 29, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. DeeNYC

    How strange, CNN used same pic that was in the article "N. Korea ready to go to war with U.S." That article was two days ago.

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

      It's their stock "Look how happy we are" photo.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Man

    The sheep continue to baaaaa! Go Iran!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    I especially loved the comment from Larry L. Way to go, couldnt have put it into words any better! YOU ROCK!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. steve

    How much longer will the USA bully the rest of the world?No,I am not from Europe ,Asia or Africa.I am from right here in the good ole USA-Scot-Irish,Indian by ancestry.And,I am saying it now-the USA has bullied countries in the name of foreign policy for awhile now-in the name of democracy we kill........in the pocketbooks of our politicians there is blood.

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

      Apparently, in your vacuum, you have no understanding of the threats out tthere posed by rogue nations developing nuclear capability. This is a great start. If every nation had nuclear weapons what percentage do you think might be at risk for a terrorist overthrow? This report shows that we ARE making progress with the North Koreans – hopefully bringing peace to that part of the world. Maybe all the North Koreans starving today can now see some food on their tables. That would be a great gain for the world's humanity!!

      February 29, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Texas

    That's great news, with the new leader in that area just maybe this will start someting good. I lived in Seoul for 13 months while in the army and all they want is peace in that region and send home the people that the north has captured during the war in the 50's. you just have to be very patient.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. July.faction

    This is just another North Korean window-dressing. How many times have they lied to both their own feudal subjects and the international community? Countless times! The regime will not change its deplorable behavior without a push from the outside. However what everyone fails to grasp is that its the North Koreans control North Korea not China or anyone else so there is limited pressure the outside world can lean on Pyongyang with. The potential creature comforts of opening up only go so far to influence people with no experience in consumer goods (except the leadership). South Korea can only show them carrots or (now after the Cheonan sinking and 46 ROK sailors dead) sticks. The North Koreans dont understand South Korean mentality at all. Some in DPRK want reform even though they dont really know that word. Others will still be singing "the Song of Generalissimo Kim Il Sung" even as bombs fall on them from American stealth bombers. What a country!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    He looks like porky pig

    February 29, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bubba

    The new kid is supposedly a lot sharper than the last two. The country is still backwards but we might see them wake up one day and join the rest of mankind.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stroker53

    ANYTHING coming out of NK is a plus. We still got to keep our guards up though.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. prastyosp

    may be a good start for the whole world

    February 29, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. wilfong321654

    Just because they say they won't doesn't mean it's true. NATO (or whomever) can inspect all they want, but i don't see how they could really be certain that NK has stopped nuclear research...

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

    What's missing from the article???

    In return, Washington is set to provide Pyongyang with some 240,000 tonnes of food aid.

    So how much does that cost? How many Americans would that feed. Why is US the only country providing the aid and not the UN or it's neighbors China or Russia.

    So if the cost (say rice which is approximately $550.00per per metric tonne) and the cost of shipping it is another $100.00 per tonne than we end up with a payment of about $156 Million dollars to get North Korea to stop using it's nuclear industry. At least until the food runs out.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • J R Brown

      My first impression when I read the article was 'How much is this gonna cost us?' North Korea has made no bones about the fact that they will extort aid/food from us by throwing "nuclear weapons" into the scare tactics. I knew it was only a matter of time before the ObamaChrist agreed to a price...so he can say he "earned" his Nobel Peace Prize by buying a little time with our taxdollars.

      Look for more drumbeating by N, Korea when they run out of food and there's a new soft-touch President in office.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Let them starve AND keep making NW.
      Good plan.

      February 29, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • FLIndpendent

      @ JR – ObamaChrist?? WOW, really? So, we have a president that cares about humanity, yes like Jesus did, and you knock him for it? What is your plan for peace? With the young son now in charge of NK, there is always a good possibility for a fresh start and new perspective. Unfortunately, everything in this world has a price, but if Obama manages to maintain the peace then it's worth it. What did Bush do?

      February 29, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Remember when they said Spongebob was gay and indoctrinating the kids, and it turned out he said "Turn the other cheek?" They are AMAZING!

      February 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Woody

    There is no economy where there are no people to sell and purchase products . Governments killing people is like killing off all of your customers . And that is pretty stupid ! Making bombs and using them has never really solved much as far as hunger around the world . Leaders that wrong their people around the world should be captured and tried in a court of law . Can you imagine how many people could be educated and fed if man gave up their toy guns ! To have a world economy it starts with men that are spoiled little kids growing up ! (World leaders and politicians)

    February 29, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Yoda

    My cell phone takes better pictures than the Korean Central News Agency ....what a blurry photo....time to import some technology....Don't be a dote like your old man...You could actually be the man to bring North Korea to be one of the most competeitive countries in the world....Step up to the plate and do it....you will have your people behind you....and the rest of the world...You could go down as the greatest Leader of all time...Do it!!!

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

      The photo looks good to me, no blur. Maybe it's on your side where the problem is?

      February 29, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Blahm

      .... Serious? You get on here to complain about a blurry picture that is not even blurry?

      February 29, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      It's probably from all the radiation in their country from all the nukes they have squirreled away.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Buck-billy

      The rain in Spain falls mainly on the Plains.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
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