It is claimed a tentative agreement has been reached after marathon six-nation talks aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear arms programme. The talks between the US, Russia, China, Japan and the two Koreas focussed on how to implement an agreement which stalled last September.
Formal agreement will only come after the draft has been approved by the participating governments.
US negotiator Christopher Hill: “I am encouraged by this in many respects. I’m encouraged that we might be able to make a real step forward on the denuclearisation issue on the Korean peninsula.”
The issue became more pressing when North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in October. According to reports, Pyongyang would get a million tonnes of fuel oil in return for disabling its reactors. A further 50,000 tonnes would be offered in return for closing the sites and allowing IAEA inspections.
There has been no comment so far from Pyongyang.