Nuclear North Korea
The North conducted its first-ever nuclear weapons test in October, drawing international condemnation. However, Pyongyang pledged initial steps to abandon its nuclear weapons programs in February during talks with the U.S. and other regional powers. Still, no further progress has been made in the standoff due to an unresolved issue relating to frozen North Korean funds. North Korea's top nuclear negotiator told a visiting American delegation Monday that his government would immediately invite U.N. inspectors into the country if $25 million in disputed North Korean funds are released to Pyongyang, U.S. officials said. Both papers covered the paper pretty similarily.