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DATE=7/11/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=G-8 / NORTH KOREA (L-O)
NUMBER=2-264291
BYLINE=ALISHA RYU
DATELINE=HONG KONG
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:
INTRO:  Foreign ministers from the world's seven most 
industrialized nations and Russia, known as the G-8, 
are expected to endorse Wednesday North Korea's moves 
to improve relations with South Korea and the 
international community.  VOA's Alisha Ryu has the 
details from our Asia News Center.   
TEXT:  The foreign ministers, meeting Wednesday for 
two days of talks in Miyazaki in southern Japan, are 
expected to support a landmark agreement reached 
between North and South Korea during last month's 
historic summit in Pyongyang.
At the June summit, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il 
and his South Korean counterpart Kim Dae-jung agreed 
to work toward reunification by, among other things, 
allowing some families separated since the Korean War 
to reunite.  The ministers say they will formally 
embrace the plan, which they believe will help reduce 
tension on the Korean peninsula.
According to a senior Japanese foreign ministry 
official, part of the talks will also focus on how the 
industrialized nations can best respond to communist 
North Korea's recent efforts to restore ties with the 
outside world after decades of political and economic 
isolation.   In addition to meeting South Korean 
president Kim in June, North Korea established 
diplomatic relations with Australia in May and with 
Italy in January.
North Korean expert Michael Breen in Seoul believes 
the endorsement of the inter-Korean summit by G-8 
nations will create momentum for more North Korean 
diplomatic contacts in the future.
/// BREEN ACTUALITY ///
This is very good news.  The idea of talking to North 
Korea when North Korea was refusing to talk to South 
Korea always made the allies uncomfortable.  Now that 
North-South relationship is leading the process, I 
think it is making everyone feel more comfortable.
/// END ACTUALITY ///
Based on the foreign ministers' talks, the G-8 leaders 
are expected to issue a special statement on the state 
of affairs on the Korean Peninsula at next week's 
summit on the island of Okinawa. (Signed)
NEB/HK/AR/JO
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11-Jul-2000 08:37 AM EDT (11-Jul-2000 1237 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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