Food Not Bombs of the Day: The US State Department this morning released a statement saying North Korea has agreed to halt all nuclear activities, including its uranium enrichment and nuclear missile tests, in exchange for 240,000 metric tons of food aid.
The six-nation disarmament-for-aid talks with the hermetic nation ceased in 2009, after North Korea withdrew.
International Atomic Energy inspectors will reportedly be allowed to confirm that moratorium conditions are being observed.
“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 spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
Those words were echoed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who called the agreement a “modest first step in the right direction.”
The website of North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency also issued a statement about the development, but it has not yet been translated into English. Here, then, is a Google translation, courtesy of Vanity Fair:
Korea is not hostile to the United States no longer in a spirit of respect for sovereignty and equality are ready to enhance bilateral relations doeyeo jaehwakeonhayeotda learn that.
[ap / reuters / vf.]
In other news, Vanity Fair apparently doesn’t know what the rest of us in Korea do: Google Translate is very little help at all.