The Bush administration says the year-end agreement banning nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula is a welcome development but wants the North to agree to inspections.
"We look to North Korea to promptly sign and implement a nuclear safeguards agreement . . . in accordance with its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty," the State Department said in a statement Tuesday.The statement came after a daylong study of the six-point draft agreement initialed at Pan-mun-jom.
"We welcome this development," the department said.
The two Koreas renounced production, possession or testing of nuclear weapons and processing of weapons fuel. They also agreed to set up their own reciprocal verification system. The pact takes effect after formal adoption in February.