BOWING to international pressure, North Korea Friday reversed its decision to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty - at least for now - after last-ditch talks with the United States.
But North Korean officials gave little indication they were prepared to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to investigate two military sites Washington suspects of producing nuclear weapons materials.
Meanwhile, Japanese officials said yesterday that North Korea conducted tests last month of its new Rodong 1 missile, believed capable of delivering warheads to Japan.
The agreement announced Friday in New York contained promises known to be important to the North Koreans.
These included pledges not to initiate nuclear warfare, support for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, support for the "impartial" application of IAEA safeguards, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, and support for the peaceful reunification of Korea.
The US and the international community became seriously alarmed when Pyongyang announced in March that it would withdraw from the NPT, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Many saw it as confirmation that North Korea had an ambitious nuclear program under way. Cambodia Returns to War
Prince Norodom Rannaridh, leader of Cambodia's newly elected governing party, ordered his soldiers to prepare for war with secessionist troops in eastern Cambodia yesterday.
Violence was reported in the secessionist region, which was declared autonomous Saturday by renegade soldiers of the outgoing government who refused to accept the ruling party's loss in elections last month.
Prince Norodom Chakrapong, an official of the Vietnamese-installed government that lost last month's UN-organized elections, led the secessionist movement. He is the half-brother of Prince Rannaridh, who heads the royalist party known as FUNCINPEC.
Prince Chakrapong barred UN peacekeepers and FUNCINPEC members from the seven autonomous provinces.
Chakrapong claimed the polling was fraught with irregularities and refused to honor the results, which have been recognized by the UN.