[From the diaries by susanhu.] From AP Breaking News:

BEIJING (AP) – North Korea pledged to drop its nuclear weapons development and rejoin international arms treaties in a unanimous agreement Monday at six-party arms talks, the first ever after more than two years of negotiations.

The North “committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs and returning at an early date” to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards, according to the agreement by the six countries at the talks.

According to the AP article, the talks will continue in November and a long-tern strategy to deal with this process will need to be worked out.

North Korea and the United States also pledged in the agreement to respect each other’s sovereignty and right to peaceful coexistence, and to take steps to normalize relations.

“The United States affirmed that it has no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and has no intention to attack or invade (North Korea) with nuclear or conventional weapons,” according to the statement, in assurances echoed by South Korea.

Frankly, I don’t trust either side in this, but we’ll have to see what happens.

S Korea has pledged energy assistance to N Korea and the topic of a possible N Korean light water nuclear reactor is still up in the air, to the opposition of the US.

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