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The United States and North Korea have reached an agreement to limit nuclear test site activities under the Obama administration and to allow for a future freeze on nuclear tests, the Department of State said Wednesday in a statement.
North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The two sides agreed to stop nuclear testing for six months, from the time of the last test, and to “restrict testing activities for two years after the conclusion of negotiations and at the latest for four years after that period,” a statement said.
“No further nuclear test will occur after the initial freeze period,” the statement continued, adding that “negotiations will be resumed again when North Korea abides by its commitments.”
The State Department said the agreement would last for four years, from the time the agreement with North Korea is reached.
North Korea said in January that it would conduct its sixth nuclear test.
In an editorial in UPI, columnist and North Korea expert Eliot Higgins said the country’s actions had left the United States scrambling for possible consequences from its leader.
“The North Koreans are not acting as rogue states – they are acting as neighbors,” Higgins said, arguing that this agreement “doesn’t do enough to put pressure on Kim Jong-un to give up nuclear tests.”
“And it certainly doesn’t do enough for the world to be on alert,” he added. “Kim Jong-un is a ruthless thug, and what he is doing is sending a chilling message to the rest of the world about his willingness to go crazy in ways not seen for at least a half century.”
The United States and China, North Korea allies, have been under the assumption that talks to end the country’s nuclear weapons program would take place in exchange for international sanctions and an end to aid and trade sanctions.
Since Kim Jong-un took over the North Korean leadership position in 2011, Washington and Beijing have failed to agree on a diplomatic framework for the international community to punish the North.
“This is a good day,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.
“We hope that China, the United States and other relevant parties will move forward to find the suitable solution for resolving this international issue, and can make a proper arrangement for resolving this issue in accordance with the relevant requirements.”
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