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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A U.S. supervision team is heading to North Korea next week after the communist country agreed to begin disabling nuclear facilities, a senior American officials said Wednesday.

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill confirmed the team's departure shortly after the Bush administration said Pyongyang was willing to meet a year-end deadline to close down its Yongbyon nuclear complex.

The agreement, thrashed out at the so-called six-party talks in Beijing, was actually signed September 30, but kept under wraps until now.

The Yongbyon complex has been at the center of North Korea's weapons programs for decades and is believed to have produced a nuclear device detonated a year ago by Pyongyang to prove its nuclear capability.

"This is a new and significant step toward denuclearization," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

He called the deal a "step along the way" and said the United States hopes the agreement will be implemented.

It builds on the original February 13 agreement sealed in an earlier round of the six-party talks. Those talks include the United States, North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan and Russia.

Based on the February agreement, North Korea has shut down and sealed the Yongbyon nuclear facility, though conservative allies of the Bush administration -- especially former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton -- have raised sharp questions about whether the communist regime would follow through on its promises.

The latest agreement provides for the United States to take the lead in making sure the nuclear facilities actually are disabled.

"A U.S. team sent by the six-party talks will journey to North Korea in the next week at the invitation of the North Koreans to begin disabling North Korea's means of producing bomb making material," Hill said.
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According to one administration official, North Korea agreed to "provide a complete and correct declaration of all its nuclear programs -- including clarification regarding the uranium issue" by December 31, 2007.

The official added that North Korea also agreed "not to transfer nuclear materials, technology, or know-how" under the terms of the deal.

In exchange, Washington reiterated its intent to follow through on promises to eventually remove its designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism and terminate its application of the Trading with the Enemy Act, provided that North Korea fulfills its end of the bargain.

Hill said the agreement brings North Korea to an "important juncture."

"This is a hopeful sign, of course, but we still have a long way to go to achieve our objective of complete denuclearization," Hill said. "It is also important to understand that this is a negotiation, and all sides -- including ours -- will need to give at the bargaining table in order to get."

National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said President Bush welcomes the announcement, "which outlines a roadmap for a declaration of the DPRK's nuclear programs and disablement of its core nuclear facilities by the end of the year."

He was referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"These second-phase actions effectively end the DPRK's production of plutonium - a major step towards the goal of achieving the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Johndroe added.

Why not,China will supply their Korean Communist brothers with Nuclear recipes,for allot less then making them.

LOL, same story as always... They (North Korea) agrees to this and that long enough to get what they want. They have pulled this SAME SH#T many times before.
They will have that plant up and running again by this time next year. When will we ever learn?
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