Food aid talks end with progress

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The re­cent emer­gence of the 15page in­ter­nal doc­u­ment may add to com­plaints in Ja­pan that the gov­ern­ment with­held too much in­for­ma­tion about the world’s worst nu­clear ac­ci­dent since Ch­er­nobyl.

It also casts doubt about whether the gov­ern­ment was suf­fi­ciently pre­pared to cope with what could have been an evac­u­a­tion of un­prece­dented scale.

BEI­JING | Key is­sues on de­liv­er­ies of U.S. food aid to North Korea have been re­solved, though de­tails re­main to be set­tled af­ter talks ended Thurs­day.

En­voy Robert King called the 11/ day talks with North Korean of­fi­cials “pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive.” He de­clined to dis­close de­tails be­fore re­port­ing back to Washington.

“We re­solved the ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues we were con­cerned with,” Mr. King told re­porters at Bei­jing’s main air­port be­fore board­ing a flight for Washington. He later said: “We’re still work­ing on the de­tails.”

The talks fol­low a deal an­nounced last week in which the U.S. of­fered 240,000 tons of food aid in re­turn for a North Korean freeze on long-range mis­sile and nu­clear tests and for halt­ing a uranium en­rich­ment pro­gram that would be mon­i­tored by U.N. in­spec­tors.

That agree­ment is the most sub­stan­tive sign of warm­ing U.s.-north Korean ties af­ter three years of ten­sions dur­ing which Py­ongyang ex­ploded a nu­clear de­vice and en­gaged in armed provo­ca­tions against South Korea.

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