A Short Half Life For A Nuclear Agreement?

When the U.S. reached an accord with North Korea last October to ease the threat of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program, it seemed like a deal too good to be true. The South Koreans would build two light-water reactors in the North based on their own version of technology originally licensed from ABB Combustion Engineering. The burden of $4 billion in financing would be carried by Seoul and partly by Japan, leaving the U.S. with few costs but a key leadership role. And in return, the North froze its weapons program.

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