Dec 20, 2010
North Korea said it would not react to military drills staged by the South near their disputed border on Monday and, easing tension further, CNN reported that Pyongyang had agreed to the return of nuclear inspectors.
The mercurial North had threatened to strike back if its neighbor went ahead with the live-fire exercise, but hours after the artillery barrage ended said it was “not worth” a military response.
“We felt it was not worth reacting one-by-one to military provocations,” the official KCNA news agency quoted the North’s Korean People’s Army Supreme Command as saying.
A diplomatic breakthrough looked possible after a report that North Korea told U.S. troubleshooter Bill Richardson it would accept the resumption of international inspections of its nuclear programme.
This article was posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 at 5:02 am