Bush welcomes N. Korea nuclear pact


WASHINGTON — U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday welcomed the agreement under which North Korea would shut down its nuclear facilities by the end of the year, the White House said.

“President Bush welcomes today’s announcement, which outlines a road map for a declaration of the DPRK’s nuclear programs and disablement of its core nuclear facilities by the end of the year,” said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

Implementation of the agreement would end North Korea’s production of plutonium, “a major step towards the goal of achieving the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Johndroe said.