DATE=6/14/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=US-KOREA SUMMIT (L-UPDATE) NUMBER=2-263493 BYLINE=DEBORAH TATE DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: President Clinton is praising the unprecedented meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea as a hopeful first step toward reunification of the divided peninsula. Correspondent Deborah Tate reports from the White House. Text: Speaking to reporters at a health care event at the White House, MR. Clinton was quick to welcome the summit between the two Koreas and the resulting communique in which both sides agreed to work toward eventual reunification, the reunion of families, and economic and cultural exchanges. // Clinton actuality // I am very, very pleased. You know, for years, as long as I have been here, anyway, I have tried to get the North Koreans to speak to the South Koreans, without an intermediary - including the United States. So I am very pleased by this, and I think the communique is hopeful. Now they have a lot of work to do, and it is just the first step, but it is clearly a step in the right direction, and everyone else in the world should be encouraged by this. This is a good thing. // end act // Earlier, White House spokesman Joe Lockhart expressed hope the two sides would find a way to build on the success of the summit. The two-day meeting between South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was the first summit since the peninsula was divided in 1948. Although the two Koreas signed an armistice to end their three-year conflict in 1953, they are still technically at war. The United States has 37- thousand troops deployed on the peninsula to bolster South Korea's security. On a related matter, spokesman Lockhart said Mr. Clinton would soon announce details of a plan to ease sanctions on Pyongyang. The President announced his intention to relieve some of the sanctions last September, after North Korea vowed to end is testing of long-range missiles. // rest opt // Meanwhile, there has been some speculation that Mr. Clinton would stop in South Korea during his scheduled trip to the region next month to attend a meeting of the major industrialized nations and Russia in Okinawa, Japan - especially in the wake of the summit between the two Koreas. But the President did not address the issue Wednesday, and spokesman Lockhart said he had no announcements about any additions to Mr. Clinton's travel schedule. (signed) NEB/DAT/PT 14-Jun-2000 16:21 PM EDT (14-Jun-2000 2021 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .
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