Saturday, Oct 18, 2008
The United States said Friday that North Korea has broadly resumed disabling its weapons-grade nuclear program, all within days of a deal that revived the troubled negotiations.
North Korea has removed more fuel rods from the nuclear reactor, put all seals back on equipment at the Yongbyon complex and restored the monitoring system there, according to US experts cited by the State Department.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters that the United States was satisfied “thus far” with North Korea’s actions toward fulfilling its pledges.
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A weeks-long deadlock was broken on October 11 when Washington struck North Korea from a terror blacklist after saying Pyongyang agreed to steps to verify its nuclear disarmament and pledged to resume disabling its atomic plants.
Just months before US President George W. Bush leaves office on January 20, the deal saved the disarmament negotiations — involving the United States, the two Koreas, China, Japan and Russia — from potential collapse.