ANALYSTS have offered a cautious welcome to North Koreaâs decision to suspend its nuclear activities, but say it is a positive step which could lead to the resumption of six-party talks.
The United States and North Korea announced on Wednesday that Pyongyang had agreed to a moratorium on nuclear testing and uranium enrichment activities and that the US will provide the North with 240,000 tons of food aid.
The announcement follows a third round of bilateral talks between the US and North Korea which took place February 23-24 in Beijing.
The six-party talks involving Japan, China, North and South Korea, Russia and the US, which aim at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, have been stalled since 2008.
However, the analysts offered a note of caution, citing North Koreaâs record of back-tracking on previous agreements.
âWe just have to wait and see if North Korea intends to honor the agreementâ because challenges lie ahead in the process of fine-tuning details over its implementation, said Park Jong-chul, director of the Center for Unification Policy Studies.
âHowever it is a positive sign that dialogue has already started,â he said.
Report from ucanews.com