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North Korea will disable nuclear complex

North Korea agreed to disable all of its nuclear facilities by the end of the year, according to a joint six-nation statement released by China in Beijing today, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.
The agreement sets a timetable for North Korea to disclose all its nuclear programs and disable all facilities in exchange for 950,000 metric tons of fuel oil or its equivalent in economic aid.
Negotiators reached agreement on a draft plan in Beijing on Sunday after four days of six-nation talks.
The announcement in China today by Wu Dawei, head of the Chinese delegation to the talks, gave final approval by the United States, North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan and Russia
North Korea will complete the disabling of its plutonium-producing reactor at Yongbyon as part of the agreement.
The Yongbyon complex has been in the middle of North Korea’s weapons programs for decades. It’s believed to have produced a nuclear device detonated a year ago by Pyongyang to prove its nuclear capability.
North Korea has also been asking for an agreement that would include a written reference to being removed from a United States list of countries that sponsor terrorism. According to the New York Times, the senior administration official said on Tuesday that “we’ve agreed on a way forward on that,? while declining to elaborate further.
The American official asked to remain unnamed because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue. The New York Times also reports that a second senior administration official said the United States has told North Korea that it must disclose the details of whatever nuclear material it has been supplying to Syria. American and Israeli officials have indicated that a recent Israeli airstrike in Syria was directed at nuclear material supplied by North Korea.
According to CNN, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said Wednesday that the goal in the next phase is complete dismantlement, but that could take as long as five years

The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/world/asia/04diplo.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/10/03/koreas.nuclear/index.html