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Smiles at the Koreas' summit as nuclear closure is confirmed

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Smiles at the Koreas' summit as nuclear closure is confirmed


The Korean summit is being hailed a success.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun have posed smiling for the cameras.

But behind the scenes tensions have been hinted at. The South Korean leader has turned down an invitation to spend more time in Pyongyang. Roh said he felt there was “a lack of trust” and a “wall to tear down” between the two Koreas.

The South Korean president’s present of DVD movies for Kim was perhaps pointed. It is a crime for ordinary North Koreans to watch films from South Korea.

Bilateral issues were the driving force behind this summit.

Indeed, the biggest announcement concerning North Korea actually came from Beijing where it was confirmed Pyongyang will shut down its nuclear facilities by the end of the year.

The decision was the result of six-party talks over the weekend.

An experimental reactor, a reprocessing plant and the nuclear fuel rod facility at Yongbyon plant will close by December 31, 2007 in return for one million tons of heavy fuel aid. The United States will also remove North Korea from its terrorism blacklist.

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