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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    Let us not forget which nation, so rapidly and desperately nurtured the nuclear bomb. Let us not forget what nation has been the only one to actually use it. I'm no hater of America, however can't deny that our grandparents got us into this mess in the first place. We will always deal with the demons of our fathers....

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

      Lets not forget that if we did not use the A-Bomb millions of more lives on both sides would have been lost versus the hundreds of thousands. The war would have dragged on for another 2-3 years and cost millions of lives and billions of dollars......it was the lesser of the two evils that needed to be used.

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

      Let us not forget that it was innocent women and children that were sacrificed-but,that seems to be ok when it is us doing it,right?When our innocents were killed in 9-11,different or the same?

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

      How arrogant we are to think we will not answer for our evils,and when we do evil it is ok-when others do it ,it is not.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • socalgal

      Had America not used the bomb, you might not be here today. It was absolutely the right decision during the War.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      socalgal easy for you to say,because you weren't at ground zero.If the target had been in SoCal,I wonder if your response would be the same.WEvil is evil.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • FLIndpendent

      The US was "fortunate" to be the only country at that time that could end the war. But, at what price? We started the nuclear arms race and that is undeniable. Question is – who will end it and how?

      February 29, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      And that is the beauty of our country-we believe we can justify anything we do,and that makes it ok.Arrogance and pride-wickedness and death-that is the lot of our once proud nation.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. i_know_everything

    give him some bacon, he'll be happy

    February 29, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. hahaaaaaaaaaa

    what a happy, go lucky guy! hope he doesn't nuke us by accident.....

    February 29, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. dxdff

    And hes reading this for sure!

    February 29, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Billy Davis

    I've seen Republicans jumping from buildings screaming say it aint so, say it ain't so. The GOP "We want America to fail"

    February 29, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. NORM

    Very sad.....

    Those who promote war here....are those that will be lost in smoke and radiation....with skeletons
    miles around as in james cameron's terminator movies.....be careful what you wish for....

    February 29, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. c

    I think that boy wnats to party.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Commenter

    Say what you will about Ron Paul, but this story highlights exactly what he preaches. Diplomacy. The other 3 cowboys would be happy to skip that step and just start another shootout that would further damage our economy and sacrifice more US lives.

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

      Obama is all about diplomacy.
      See above story for more details.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jteurd

    There is only one reason to not be cynical about this: Kim Jung-Il is dead.

    Maybe something has changed, but history tells us there will be a test launch the next time NK wants something.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kwesoe

    Diplomacy, when it is conducted respectfully and patiently among all stakeholders has a tendency to show positive results. Congrats to all the parties who negotiated this important milestone.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. pop CHEESE

    I wonder if those Nuclear Missile is design to shoot down Giant UFO invasion.

    UFO have advance technology. What if they can shoot?

    February 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • JG

      Dude, if we get invaded by an alien race that can bend space and time to their will in order to cross the infinite cosmos – then we are boned. It would be like us declaring war on Chimpanzees.

      February 29, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tommy

    "Moratorium" isn't in my everyday vocabulary=P , heres what i means...

    "a temporary prohibition of an activity"

    February 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. JG

    Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of Korean isolation and repression. This young man literally has that power.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. SeniorMoment

    It is nice for a change to see some easing of the tension created by North Korea's deceased dictator. The world's biggest concern about North Korea since it became nuclear has been the potential for it to simply sell nuclear weapons, since its primary export earnings come from weapons sales.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. GiuseppeB

    The Jong-Un is off to a brilliant start! Long live the Great Successor!

    February 29, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Let's not get carries away...

      February 29, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
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