U.S. diplomats this morning are trumpeting an agreement they reached with North Korea to end its enrichment of uranium and its frightening, chest-thumping long-range missile tests. Does this signal a friendlier regime under Kim Jong-Un?

Per a State Department statement, "To improve the atmosphere for dialogue and demonstrate its commitment to denuclearization, the DPRK has agreed to implement a moratorium on long-range missile launches, nuclear tests and nuclear activities at Yongbyon, including uranium enrichment activities."

The Associated Press notes that "the U.S. and North Korea were close to such an agreement" before Kim Jong-Il's death in December, but reaching the agreement now offers new hope for a kinder, gentler North Korea under Kim Jong-Un.