The leaders of North and South Korea produced a series of “action plans,” including setting goals for economic projects aimed at invigorating the North Korean economy.
The countries pledged to work toward an agreement that would formally end the Korean War, which concluded in an armistice in 1953. They also invited the United States and China to sign the joint resolution they signed today.
Despite the signs of progress, analysts remain cautious. The Korea Times notes that the joint, eight-point declaration is “unspecific” on several points of contention, including North Korean nuclear disarmament and the status of prisoners of war and other abductees allegedly held by Pyongyang.
The Economist also strikes a measured note, pointing out that many previous apparent deals have been broken by the North Koreans.
A New York Times editorial examines the U.S. role in pushing the talks forward, noting “an admirable and all too rare mixture of diplomatic creativity, flexibility, patience and follow-through” on the part of the Bush administration, but adds that much work remains.