North Korea Ends Nuke Plans

    Two North Korean soldiers watch the South Korean side at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in South Korea Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. North Korea has tightened internal security and put troops on alert since the announcement of leader Kim Jong Il's death in moves to consolidate power behind his young son and heir, South Korean intelligence indicated Wednesday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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    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.

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