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    North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    From BBC:

    North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment, as well as nuclear and long-range missile tests, following talks with the US.

    The US State Department said Pyongyang had also agreed to allow UN inspectors to monitor its reactor in Yongbyon to verify compliance with the measures.
    In return, the US is finalising 240,000 tonnes of food aid for the North.

    BBC News - North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium
    It's good to know that the new leadership is starting off with responsible decisions. Hopefully, this will continue.

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    Re: North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    I could be wrong but it always seems that North Korea does something in order to get bribed with food to stop doing it.
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    Re: North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    From BBC:

    It's good to know that the new leadership is starting off with responsible decisions. Hopefully, this will continue.
    This is good news. I wonder how much American taxpayers are going to have to pony up in terms of foreign aid.

    Edit: I see. We've promised them an immediate 200,000 tons of food. Probably only the beginning...

    North Korea agreed in 2005 to give up its nuclear ambitions in return for aid and political concessions, as part of a six-nation dialogue process involving the two Koreas, the US, China, Russia and Japan. But progress on the deal was stop-start, and the agreement broke down in 2009.
    I guess I won't break out the party hats just yet.
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    Re: North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I could be wrong but it always seems that North Korea does something in order to get bribed with food to stop doing it.
    I think I saw this, or a similar story, a couple of years, or was it 5, or 10, ago, Basically we are going to send them food, which they need badly, now, and they are going to disarm and cooperate on some issues later.

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    Re: North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    Providing food and implementation of sanctions which were levied in 2008 apparently has worked, although I would like to see some time pass before there is some declaration of victory. Better than armed threats and testosterone driven responses.

    On June 26, 2008, the President issued Executive Order 13466 (“E.O. 13466”), pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”). In E.O. 13466, the President declared a national emergency to deal with the threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the current existence and risk of the proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula, and continued certain restrictions with respect to North Korea that had been imposed under the authority of the Trading With the Enemy Act (“TWEA”). Also on June 26, 2008, the President signed Proclamation 8271, terminating the application of TWEA authorities with respect to North Korea, effective June 27, 2008. The Foreign Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 500, to the extent they were promulgated under TWEA authority, are therefore no longer in force with respect to North Korea.

    On August 30, 2010, the President issued Executive Order 13551 (“E.O. 13551”) pursuant to IEEPA and the United Nations Participation Act (the “UNPA”), expanding the scope of the national emergency declared in E.O. 13466 and adding new restrictions.

    On April 18, 2011, the President issued Executive Order 13570 (“E.O. 13570”), pursuant to IEEPA and the UNPA, to take additional steps to address the national emergency declared in E.O. 13466 and expanded in E.O. 13551 that will ensure implementation of the import restrictions contained in United Nations Security Council Resolution (“UNSCR”) 1718 of October 14, 2006, and UNSCR 1874 of June 12, 2009, and complement the import restrictions provided for in the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.).
    http://www.treasury.gov/resource-cen...nts/nkorea.pdf
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    Re: North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    Better to drop tons of food on a starving populous than tons of bombs....

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    Re: North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    This is good news. I wonder how much American taxpayers are going to have to pony up in terms of foreign aid.

    Edit: I see. We've promised them an immediate 200,000 tons of food. Probably only the beginning...



    I guess I won't break out the party hats just yet.
    Considering the onbvious secondary option, I vote we save a people from starvation in exchange for an unstable regime giving up the bomb...just seems a no brainer to me. Chances are though, this will end up like the last several tries, and they will start all over again.

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    Re: North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    Our actions sound reasonable. How can we go wrong with food? We're gonna know if they continue the nukes or not anyway. At worse, we could be saying.."and we sent them all that food for nothing."
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    Re: North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    Why not just send them food with no strings? That's what it always amounts to. Why the need to claim some empty diplomatic "victory" in the first place?
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    Re: North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    Let's hope under the new leadership, this time the talks can achieve something meaningful.

    Because going by previous experience North Korea has not kept its promises.

    Fingers crossed!

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