Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

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)
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Source: Voice of America
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