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D√ČTENTE North Korea Ends Nuke Plans Wally Santana / AP Photo

North Korea Ends Nuke Plans

After years of strained relations, the United States announced Wednesday that North Korea has agreed to place a moratorium on its nuclear ambitions, suspending uranium-enrichment programs and ceasing tests of long-range and nuclear missiles. U.S. Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement Wednesday that the insular Asian country had agreed to permit inspectors to oversee the moratorium and verify the disablement of a nuclear reactor. Meanwhile, Obama said the steps were "important, if limited." In exchange, Nuland said, the two countries will meet to discuss a package of 240,000 metric tons of food aid for North Korea. Though the deal has passed, analysts are skeptical that North Korea may have another undisclosed nuclear plant.

February 29, 2012 11:45 PM