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Powell Hails North Korea for New Step

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Tuesday labeled as “positive” the latest offer by North Korea to suspend its nuclear programs as part of an overall nuclear agreement, saying that he hoped the offer would lead to more talks on the issue. Appearing at the State Department after a meeting with the foreign minister of Tunisia, Habib Ben Yahia, Mr. Powell said it was “interesting” that North Korea had “in effect said they won’t test and they implied they would give up all aspects of their nuclear program, not just weapons program.” The secretary’s comments were a response to the latest statement from North Korea on the contentious issue of nuclear weapons, issued earlier on Tuesday from the official Korean Central News Agency. Full Story

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