North Korea Off Terror List

Rogue state claims US removed from blacklist after bilateral talks, nuke agreements
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Sep 3, 2007 8:44 AM CDT
In this undated photo taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency and released by Korea News Service in Tokyo Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, center, acknowledges...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The US has agreed to remove North Korea from an official list of state sponsors of terror, according to the authoritarian country's foreign ministry. The BBC reports that the move followed bilateral talks last week, and was one of many provisions traded for a dismantling of Kim Jong-Il's nuclear program.

The State Department hasn't confirmed any change in North Korea's status, but both countries agree that the Axis of Evil member will stop pursuing nuclear technology. North Korea also claims that the US has agreed to lift all sanctions. The BBC reports that the six-party talks in China later this month will likely lead to further concessions.