North Korea will allow U.N. weapons inspectors into its main nuclear facility again.
The Communist country was removed from the United State's terrorism blacklist over the weekend. But what does that mean and was is the right decision?
Countries on the list face restrictions on economic assistance and also face American opposition to world bank loans. Any arms sales or exports are also blocked.
The U.S. had already lifted sanctions and resumed aid shipments to North Korea in 2007. Removal from the terror list ensures that the country will be able to seek any kind of assistance from the U.S. to help keep its repressive regime alive.
The Bush administration had demanded that North Korea allow inspections of various sites suspected of nuclear-weapons-related activity. But the North has agreed to let inspectors in at only one site: Yongbyon. The North had expelled inspectors from that site just weeks earlier. And after threatening to begin reprocessing uranium there just recently, the North now says it's had a change of heart.
But who, exactly, is making the calls for the North? For weeks, there have been rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was gravely ill and perhaps had even died. The country released photos of Kim over the weekend to coincide with the terror list announcement--but some observers say the photos look to be outdated--raising more questions than answers.