North Korea has handed over key records of its plutonium activity to the United States which will allow nuclear negotiation to proceed towards its final resolution of important issues. Sung Kim, director at the State Department of talks with North Korea, is bringing back to Washington the documents. Some observes say the move is a gesture on the part of North Korea to show hard liners in Washington D.C. that it is committed to negotiation. Most probably, the documents can become the basis for future verification of the North Korean nuclear program.
The estimated 18,000 documents are an important first step in allowing the United States to decide if North Korea can be removed from the terrorist list of nations. American officials currently are discussing with North Korean representatives the possibility of instituting a food aid program.
Upon assuming the presidency, George Bush attacked the Clinton administration for attempting to negotiate with North Korea. How times have changed.