WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Korea will suspend long-range missile launches, nuclear weap- ons tests and activities at its key nuclear site, including the enrichment of uranium, as part of an agreement under which it will receive desperately needed food aid from the United States, the two countries announced Wednesday.
The surprise breakthrough, reached in talks last week in Beijing between U.S. and North Korean negotiators, appeared to raise the prospects of resum- ing long-stalled international negotiations on eliminating North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The deal is a “modest first step,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a Senate committee.
North Korea has refused for nearly four years to suspend its nuclear activities.
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