North Korea has pledged to give up its nuclear weapons programme in return for energy and security guarantees from abroad.
The agreement came at the end of a seven day session in Beijing involving China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States. After two years of talks, diplomats have hailed the deal as a breakthrough. The US chief negotiator, Christopher Hill, said actions would speak louder than words: “We don’t plan to start hunting for nuclear facilities. We expect those to be shown to us, and we expect to move quickly. This is absolutely in the DPRK’s interests.” Failure to reach an agreement could’ve resulted in Washington seeking sanctions from the UN, a move Pyongyang said would be tantamount to war. Critics have complained about the lack of a timetable but the players involved in the six party talks say any points of contention are likely to be resolved when they next meet in November.