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North Korea Talks End With Verification Agreement

North Korea Nuclear Talks End With Agreement on Verification

Six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program ended Saturday, with the North agreeing to let outside experts verify that its nuclear facilities are being dismantled.

A joint communiqué issued after the three days of talks also said North Korea agreed to disable its main Yongbyon nuclear facility by October and its dialogue partners would complete promised deliveries of energy aid.

The parties also agreed to adopt a verification system that would include experts from the six nations visiting facilities, reviewing documents and interviewing technical personnel.

The disarmament talks resumed Thursday after a nine month pause. The United States, South Korea, China, Japan and Russia agreed to resume negotiations after Pyongyang handed over a list of its nuclear facilities in late June.

In its recent declaration, North Korea reportedly acknowledged concerns that the United States has about an alleged uranium program, but stopped short of admitting that it exists.

In the six-nation talks, North Korea has pledged to completely disable its nuclear weapons programs in return for energy aid and diplomatic incentives.

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