Only NBC had a correspondent on the scene in Beijing for the six-nation diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Mark Mullen's proximity, however, delivered no extra detail as he offered a rudimentary stand-up report. CBS and ABC both covered the talks from the White House. CBS' Jim Axelrod, too, offered a brief stand-up.
Martha Raddatz filed the most rounded report as ABC's lead item. She reported that the offer of oil and electricity from South Korea would lead to an eventual shutdown of North Korea's nuclear program: first its reactors would be sealed, then IAEA inspections would resume, then weapons production would be halted. Pyongyang would not give up the nuclear arsenal it has already manufactured. "The Clinton Administration made a similar deal in 1994. North Korea broke that."
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