The United States Saturday removed North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism in exchange for a verification plan allowing the U.S. and other parties to monitor the communist country's nuclear disarmament.
The U.S. State Department announced details of the agreement this (Saturday) morning following a day of intensified discussions between the U.S. with other countries involved in the six party talks.
The decision follows an agreement with Pyongyang in which North Korea agreed to all U.S. nuclear inspection demands.
Under terms of the new agreement, North Korea will allow monitoring of both its plutonium and uranium development plans and any nuclear proliferation activities.
Experts from all six nations involved in the deal and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be allowed to participate in verification activities.
North Korea agreed earlier this year to disable its main nuclear plant at Yongbyon in exchange for economic and energy aid. But six party talks stalled when North Korea halted the process after Washington refused to remove it from the terrorism list.
The State Department said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke with foreign ministers from China, Japan and South Korea on Friday. She was also planning to contact the Russian foreign minister to discuss how to verify the North Korean shutdown.
The six parties involved in the nuclear disarmament talks include North and South Korea, China, the United States, Japan and Russia.