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North Korea Makes a Deal

A nuclear accord is struck, but will it hold?

Four months after it tested a nuclear bomb, North Korea agreed this week to take steps toward its eventual nuclear disarmament. The breakthrough deal—reached in talks with the U.S., China, South Korea, Russia, and Japan—has several phases. First, within 60 days, North Korea must permanently shut down its main nuclear reactor under international supervision, in exchange for a token shipment of 50,000 tons of fuel oil. Next, the famously secretive regime of dictator Kim Jong Il must list all its nuclear programs and stockpiles and open all nuclear facilities to inspectors. If it does so, it will receive another 950,000 tons of fuel oil, worth about $400 million.

Eventually, the U.S. and North Korea will hold bilateral talks on normalizing relations, and all six countries will negotiate the destruction of North Korea

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