Cautious hope over North Korea's offer to allow nuclear inspections
Published 21/12/2010 | 05:00
A North Korean offer to allow UN inspectors back to its nuclear site and to sell fuel rods could indicate that Pyongyang, after months of military grandstanding, is bending to international pressure.
On the other hand, the offer could amount to little more than an empty gesture -- giving up an aging plutonium-based programme, while retaining an alternative, uranium-based path to nuclear weapons, and appearing conciliatory.
The latest offer was extended to US troublshooter Bill Richardson during a visit to Pyongyang, according to CNN which has a team travelling with the New Mexico governor.