The United States welcomes the progress made in negotiations with North Korea on the Denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but will follow closely the steps taken by the North Korean regime to fulfill its commitments, said the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The United States announced Wednesday it had reached an agreement with North Korea under which it agrees to suspend its nuclear testing and uranium enrichment, and to open its nuclear sites to inspectors international Atomic energy Agency (IAEA). In return, Washington will provide food aid to Pyongyang.
The moratorium “is a first step in the right direction. A modest step, but that leads to peace,” Clinton said in the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress.
However, she continued, “the United States remains seriously concerned [by the nuclear activities of North Korea]”.
According to the head of American diplomacy, Washington will closely monitor the policy pursued by the North Korean regime, now headed by Kim Jong-un, son of Kim Jong-il, who died last December at the age of 69.
“We will judge the new leaders of North Korea on their actions,” Clinton said.
North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005 and conducted a series of nuclear tests between 2006 and 2009, attracting UN sanctions. Resolutions 1718 and 1874 of the Security Council called Pyongyang not to test ballistic missiles, to abandon its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons and return to six-party talks (Russia, North Korea, South Korea, United States States, China and Japan) launched in 2003 but discontinued in 2008.