North Korea has agreed to “disable” its facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex and “provide a complete and correct declaration of all nuclear programs” by Dec. 31 in the latest round of six-party talks on the North’s nuclear programs. The agreement is a step forward toward the country’s denuclearization. But it contains ambiguity. The parties must exert greater efforts to solidify the path to denuclearization.

Still, it is hoped the agreement, together with a “declaration for the development of North-South relations and peace and prosperity” issued by South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at their Pyongyang summit, will work toward building a peaceful Korean Peninsula.

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