"The regime of Kim Jong-il to suspend its nuclear program that the United States would deliver 24 000 tons of biscuits and vitamins. If realized, both countries could address the reopening of dialogue."
North Korea pledged to abandon uranium enrichment in exchange for U.S. food aid, according to a diplomatic source quoted by the South Korean agency Yonhap. The informant, who remained anonymous, said the agreement was reached in recent talks in China between the special envoy of the United States rights in North Korea, Robert King, and the director general for North American Affairs North Korean Ministry Affairs, Ri Kun.
The officials, who met on Thursday and Friday in Beijing, "reached the North Korean commitment to denuclearization initial measures, including suspension of its uranium enrichment program."
King had said after the meeting that the talks had been "constructive" and said he would report the result once in Washington.
According to Yonhap, the United States will send cookies and vitamin supplements to children in shipments of 20 000 tonnes over the next twelve months.
It is believed that North Korea requested items of rice, but the U.S. government was reluctant to send the grain to the fear that is diverted and end at the hands of civilians rather than military.
The agreement came three weeks after the regime of Kim Jong-il make sure his program to produce uranium, ostensibly for civilian use, moving "at a good pace." That statement clouded the prospects for an early resumption of multilateral dialogue for the denuclearization of North Korea, which remains stalled since April 2009, when Pyongyang withdrew.
Since early this year, the Asian country's authorities expressed their willingness to resume negotiations, but the United States and South Korea will claim that permit the entry of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Officially confirmed the agreement reached in Beijing would be a major step toward the eventual resumption of talks involving the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia.