Bush to Ask Congress to Take N. Korea off Terror List

In return, Pyongyang will permanently disable reactor
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2008 1:13 PM CDT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, poses with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping for a group photo.   (AP Photo/Korea Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
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(Newser) – President Bush will ask Congress tomorrow to remove North Korea from the “terrorist watch list,” reports Steve Clemons in the Washington Note, a move meant to build confidence with Kim Jong-Il and China in the quest to bring the North back from its nuclear pariah status. In return, reports the Age, Pyongyang is today to list all its nuclear activities and permanently disable its nuclear reactor.

It's a victory for Condoleezza Rice, John Negroponte, and Robert Gates, Clemons hears—and a defeat for former UN ambassador John Bolton and the vice president, who had argued against the list disarmament.