In a surprise breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula, Yahoo News reports the United States and North Korea have agreed to a deal that would see the North stop nuclear tests, halt uranium enrichment and allow inspections of its nuclear facilities by international monitors. The price? An initial 240,000 metric tons of food aid, with the potential for more aid to be delivered down the road.In this nuclearized neck of the woods, Via Meadia echoes Winston Churchill’s dictum that to “jaw jaw is always better than to war war”. Unfortunately, however, this agreement, like every other deal reached with Pyongyang since 1994, does little to alter the fundamental security dynamic posed by a nuclearized North Korea.North Korea’s stock of nuclear weapons represents its one and only cash crop. From time time it offers to sell a halt to its nuclear program in return for the money and basic items (like food) the regime needs to survive. The only trouble is that next year, North Korea will again likely be out of money, and we will be singing the same tune.Under the aegis of the late Kim Jong-il, North Korea had a spotty track record when it came to holding up its end of international bargains. It remains to be seen whether his son—the newly installed leader Kim Jong-un—will follow in his erratic father’s footsteps. Kim Jong-un is young, inexperienced and probably still has work to do in shoring up his power base.While Via Meadia hopes this agreement presages a new dawn in the region, we will certainly not be holding our breath.