China backs US-N. Korea nuclear freeze deal

March 3, 2012

China Thursday welcomed North Korea’s agreement to freeze nuclear activities in return for US food aid, a deal that raised cautious hopes of an easing of tensions under Pyongyang’s new young leader. South Korea and Japan also hailed the North’s commitment to suspend its uranium enrichment programme along with nuclear and long-range missile tests, and to let UN nuclear inspectors monitor the deal. The announcement came after the death in December of longtime leader Kim Jong-Il and the transition to his untested son Jong-Un, and ahead of a major celebration in North Korea next month marking 100 years since the birth of the Kim dynasty’s late founding leader. The breakthrough followed US-North Korean talks in Beijing last week, the first under the new regime.

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