The uncertainty of Kim Jong Un’s decisions will certainly cause motion in the world, and his instability has already caused concern. “As with past developments on North Korea the potential for broken deals and regression remains ever present. But just two months ago the outside world was uncertain whether Kim Jong Un would be able to succeed his father. A deal with U.S. is a positive sign that the son is willing to talk. Now the world needs to know if he’s willing to uphold a bargain.”


When Glyn Davies, the the U.S. special representative for North Korean policy, left Beijing last week after two days of talks with North Korean envoys, he would only say their discussions produced “a little bit of progress” but refused to call it a breakthrough. Today we can see what he meant. The U.S. State Department announced that North Korea has agreed to implement a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear tests and nuclear activities, including uranium enrichment, at its Yongbyon reactor. It will also allow the return of IAEA inspectors to verify the moratorium at Yongbyon. Under the deal the U.S. would provide 240,000 metric tons of food, with the possibility of more later. “The United States still has profound concerns regarding North Korean behavior across a wide range of areas, but today’s announcement reflects important, if limited, progress in addressing some of these,” said State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland. Secretary…

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