US aid a step toward Korea nuke talks

(AP) The United States is poised to announce a significant donation of food aid to North Korea this week, the first concrete accomplishment after months of behind-the-scenes diplomatic contacts between the two wartime enemies. An agreement by North Korea to suspend its controversial uranium enrichment program will likely follow within days.

A broad outline of the emerging agreement has been made known to The Associated Press by people close to the negotiations.

Discussions have been taking place since summer. They have already yielded agreements by North Korea to suspend nuclear and ballistic missile testing and readmit international nuclear inspectors expelled in 2009, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of sensitivity of the negotiations.


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