N.Korea 'to Suspend Uranium Enrichment for Food'

North Korea will announce the suspension of its uranium enrichment in return for U.S. food aid in a few days, AP reported Sunday.

The news agency also cited sources as saying North Korea will suspend nuclear and ballistic missile testing and re-admit International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, who were expelled in 2009.

These plans are likely to be announced Thursday, when North Korean and U.S. officials meet in Beijing. The aid is expected to take the form of 20,000 tons of nutritional biscuits and vitamins per month rather than rice or flour. If North Korea shows it is serious about suspending its nuclear program, six-party denuclearization talks could resume as early as February or March next year.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 19, 2011 13:20 KST