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DATE=6/16/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=CLINTON - KOREA UPDATE (L ONLY)
NUMBER=2-263562
BYLINE=DEBORAH TATE
DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE
CONTENT=
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INTRO:   President Clinton - traveling in New York 
Friday - met with a top South Korean envoy to discuss 
this week's historic summit between North and South 
Korea.   Correspondent Deborah Tate reports from the 
White House.
Text:   U-S officials say Mr. Clinton emerged from his 
meeting with South Korea's National Security Adviser, 
General Hwang Won-Tak, saying he is `hopeful' about 
prospects for reconciliation on the Korean peninsula.
General Hwang gave the President a detailed briefing 
of the unprecedented summit during a 25-minute meeting 
at a New York city hotel. 
U-S officials say the envoy told Mr. Clinton that 
South Korean President Kim Dae Jung was surprised by 
the warm welcome he received in Pyongyang from his 
North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-il, and the large 
crowds of people who lined the streets of the city.    
The envoy said the South Koreans were impressed by the 
North Korean leader, whom they described as `very 
smart' and `very engaging'.
General Hwang reviewed the details of the summit 
communique, in which both sides agreed to take steps 
toward reconciliation and eventual reunification.    
He told MR. Clinton talks would continue at the 
ministerial level to discuss expanding economic 
cooperation. 
U-S officials say Mr. Clinton found the envoy's 
account fascinating.
// opt //  The two men also discussed the fact that 
the North Korean leader has agreed to visit Seoul, 
although no date as been scheduled.  // end opt //
A day earlier, South Korean President Kim offered his 
assessment of the Pyongyang meeting in a telephone 
call to Mr. Clinton.  U-S officials say Mr. Kim told 
the President he was encouraged by the atmosphere of 
the summit.
General Hwang told Mr. Clinton that Mr. Kim used the 
summit to raise his concerns about the North's nuclear 
and missile programs - describing them as 
`destabilizing.  
// opt //  Mr. Kim said it was the common objective of 
the United States and South Korea to find a way to 
reduce tensions associated with the possibility of the 
development of nuclear missile programs. // end opt //
The United States - citing the threat of missile 
attack from what it calls rogue nations like North 
Korea or Iran - wants to develop a national missile 
defense system to counter that threat.
Washington says the threat posed by Pyongyang in the 
region requires it to maintain the 37-thousand U-S 
troop deployment on the Korean peninsula.
// opt // General Hwang noted the U-S role in bringing 
stability to the region, and said it provided a 
context for reconciliation and reunification. // end 
opt //
U-S officials say the envoy and Mr. Clinton did not 
discuss U-S sanctions on North Korea.   But at the 
State Department, a spokesman said the President would 
announce an easing of sanctions on Pyongyang on 
Monday. 
The administration says the move is not related to 
this week's summit, but is the result of a decision by 
Mr. Clinton last September, following North Korea's 
announced moratorium on testing long-range missiles.  
(signed)
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16-Jun-2000 17:54 PM LOC (16-Jun-2000 2154 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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