Suspension of North Korean nuclear programme


The announcement of the North Korean regime on Wednesday to suspend its nuclear testing triggered international optimism with regard to nuclear disarmaments negotiations. The country’s new leader Kim Jong-eun also announced to suspend North Korea’s uranium activities and to give inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to the Yongbyon nuclear facility.

The US administration welcomed this surprise move and considers resuming food aid for the North Korean population. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Pyongyang’s decision “a modest first step in the right direction”, but also mentioned remaining “profound concerns” about the nuclear programme. A spokesman of the South Korean Foreign Ministry said: “It is our assessment that the basis has been set for moving forward on our efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue in a comprehensive and fundamental manner.” Both countries hope to be able to re-launch the six-party nuclear disarmament negotiations with the North Korean regime.

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