In a surprise breakthrough, Hillary Clinton has announced North Korea is to stop some of its nuclear programmes in return for US food aid.
The deal comes only two months after Kim Jong-un succeeded his father as leader.
“North Korea has agreed to implement a moratorium on long range missile launches, nuclear tests, and nuclear activities at Yongbyon including uranium enrichment activities,” Secretary of State Clinton told Congress.
The apparent policy shift also allows for monitors to verify compliance with the measures.
This is not the first time North Korea has agreed to give up its nuclear ambitions in return for aid, back in 2005 it did the same but eventually the agreement broke down.
It is hoped the move by the impoverished state might now pave the way for resuming long-stalled disarmament talks.