DATE=7/9/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S - NORTH KOREA (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-264212 BYLINE=HYUN-SUNG KHANG DATELINE=SEOUL CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Talks are due to resume tomorrow (Monday) in Malaysia between the United States and North Korea concerning Pyongyang's missile program. As Hyun-Sung Khang reports from Seoul, the talks, to take place in the Malaysian capital, will be the first meeting between the two countries, since the unprecedented summit between the leaders of the two Koreas. TEXT: The three days of talks are being held in strict secrecy at the American embassy in Kuala Lumpur. The Assistant Secretary of State for non- proliferation, Robert Einhorn will lead the US side, while the North Korean team is expected to be headed by Jang Chang Chon, director-general for US affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry. The talks which are resuming after a break of more than a year; will address the development, deployment, testing and export of North Korean missiles. In recent months, the reclusive North has shown signs of foregoing its pariah status in the international community and opening up to the outside world. Last month the leaders of the two Koreas ended their historic summit with an agreement pledging their countries to peace and reconciliation. The United States responded to the warming of relations on the peninsula, by easing economic sanctions against Pyongyang, but Washington still considers North Korea's missile program to be a threat. US President, Bill Clinton recently said that Pyongyang still had a missile Program which the U-S had to deal with. Washington fears North Korea will be capable of firing a missile onto US territory, by the year 2005. Last month, Pyongyang criticized Washington for using its missile system as justification for the US National Missile defense system. North Korea shook the region after it launched a three-stage missile over Japan, less than two years ago. Currently Pyongyang has agreed to adher to a moratorium on its missile-testing program, but it has demanded that Washington lift all sanctions against it. (signed) NEB/HSK/PLM 09-Jul-2000 06:45 AM EDT (09-Jul-2000 1045 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .
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