President George W. Bush is asking US lawmakers for $106 million (â‚¬74.8 million) for fuel oil or comparable assistance to North Korea as a reward for Pyongyang following through on promises to scrap its nuclear weapons program.
The request to Congress is needed to fulfill US pledges in a six-nation North Korean disarmament accord. The energy-starved North is to get energy or other aid equivalent to 950,000 tons of heavy fuel oil for declaring all its nuclear programs and disabling its facilities, a step the North has promised to complete by the end of this year.
The parties to the talks are North Korea, the United States, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan.
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