Wednesday, October 03, 2007
By the end of December Chinese officials have reported that North Korea had agreed to shut down its main nuclear reactor.
The parties involved in the negotiations were China, Japan, Russia, North Korea, South Korea and the USA. The talks that brought forth the agreement occurred in Beijing last week. Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Dawei of China was the chairman of the talks.
Along with shutting down the main reactor North Korea also agreed to shut down a processing plant that was being used for producing fuel rods. North Korea has also made its intent known that they will give a comprehensive declaration of its nuclear activities. It should also be noted that they have allowed inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) into their country for inspections as well.
The North Korean government made this agreement after they had received diplomatic and economic benefits from various countries involved in the talks. The North Korean government had attempted for years to engage the current US administration to no avail, wasn’t North Korea one of the Evil Empires? However after many disappointments and pressure from foreign governments the USA finally relented to talking with the government they held and probably still do hold in disdain. Read more of this post