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09/19/05: North Korea Agrees to Give Up Current Nuclear Ambitions


North Korea has pledged to give up its nuclear weapons and allow international inspections in return for energy aid, economic cooperation and security assurances.
Officials at the six-party talks on dismantling North Korea's nuclear program say a joint statement with the agreement was approved unanimously today (Monday) by delegates at the negotiations in Beijing.
North Korea and the United States agreed to respect each other's sovereignty and take steps to normalize relations. The statement also says North Korea has the right to peaceful use of nuclear energy.

The board of governors of the United Nations nuclear agency

begins discussing Iran's nuclear program today (Monday)

amid mounting Western pressure to refer the case to the U.N.

Security Council.
A referral by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) could lead to U.N. sanctions if Tehran does not give up its

uranium enrichment activity.

German elections have failed to produce a clear winner, with both Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and his conservative challenger, Angela Merkel, claiming a mandate to form a government.
Unofficial returns show Ms. Merkel's Christian Democratic Union received 35 percent of Sunday's vote, against 34 percent for Mr. Schroeder's center-left Social Democrats.

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