BEIJING - North Korea pledged to drop its nuclear weapons development and rejoin international arms treaties in a unanimous agreement Monday at six-party arms talks, the first ever after more than two years of negotiations.
The North "committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs and returning at an early date" to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards, according to the agreement by the six countries at the talks.
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North Korea and the United States also pledged in the agreement to respect each other's sovereignty and right to peaceful coexistence, and to take steps to normalize relations.
"The United States affirmed that it has no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and has no intention to attack or invade (North Korea) with nuclear or conventional weapons," according to the statement, in assurances echoed by South Korea. [my em]
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If they gave Saddam the same assurances, stuck with the sanctions route instead of invading, we might not be paying so much for oil. We certainly wouldn't have had to bury 2000 of our children so far.