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    What does " as "important, if limited" mean?

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    Washington described the deal, which breaks with the US's previous assertion that large-scale deliveries of food are not tied to North Korea curbing its nuclear programme, as "important, if limited".

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    Re: What does " as "important, if limited" mean?

    You should be able to determine the meanings of those two words by the context of the article.

    My guess is that:

    the deal is important because under the new leader, North Korea is now willing to curb its pride (through having nuclear weapons capability) in order to feed its people

    the deal is limited because there are no guarantees that after its people are fed, they will not resume nuclear weapons development

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    Re: What does " as "important, if limited" mean?

    I think if limited is meant to keep people's expectations down- it's not a breakthrough, but a limited step forward.

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    Re: What does " as "important, if limited" mean?

    Thank you both

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