Latest Six Party Statement

China’s “MFA has the text.”: of the “Second-Phase Actions for the Implementation of the [September 2005] Joint Statement.”

Here are the highlights of what the six parties agreed to after four days in late September.

*The disablement of the 5 megawatt Experimental Reactor at Yongbyon, the Reprocessing Plant (Radiochemical Laboratory) at Yongbyon and the Nuclear Fuel Rod Fabrication Facility at Yongbyon will be completed by 31 December 2007.* Specific measures recommended by the expert group will be adopted by heads of delegation in line with the principles of being acceptable to all Parties, scientific, safe, verifiable, and consistent with international standards. At the request of the other Parties, *the United States will lead disablement activities and provide the initial funding for those activities. As a first step, the US side will lead the expert group to the DPRK within the next two weeks to prepare for disablement.*

*The DPRK agreed to provide a complete and correct declaration of all its nuclear programs in accordance with the February 13 agreement by 31 December 2007.*

*Recalling the commitments to begin the process of removing the designation of the DPRK as a state sponsor of terrorism and advance the process of terminating the application of the Trading with the Enemy Act with respect to the DPRK, the United States will fulfill its commitments to the DPRK in parallel with the DPRK’s actions based on consensus* reached at the meetings of the Working Group on Normalization of DPRK-U.S. Relations.

The DPRK and Japan will make sincere efforts to normalize their relations expeditiously in accordance with the Pyongyang Declaration, on the basis of the settlement of the unfortunate past and the outstanding issues of concern. *The DPRK and Japan committed themselves to taking specific actions* toward this end through intensive consultations between them.

In accordance with the February 13 agreement, *economic, energy and humanitarian assistance up to the equivalent of one million tons of HFO (inclusive of the 100,000 tons of HFO already delivered) will be provided to the DPRK.* Specific modalities will be finalized through discussion by the Working Group on Economy and Energy Cooperation.

Given that North Korea tested a nuclear weapon less than year ago, not bad.

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