DATE=7/19/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=NORTH KOREA / MISSILE DEFENSE (S-O) NUMBER=2-264562 BYLINE=ALISHA RYU DATELINE=HONG KONG CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: North Korea has denounced U-S plans to build a proposed national missile shield - which Washington says is designed to defend against attacks from countries such as North Korea. VOA's Alisha Ryu reports Pyongyang's opposition echoes the sharp joint warning Washington received on Tuesday from Russia and China. TEXT: North Korea's state news agency called Washington's desire to protect the United States from North Korean missiles "a sheer lie." Pyongyang says what the United States really wants is unchallenged military supremacy in the Pacific region. The accusation came just before Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Pyongyang - the first Kremlin leader to visit communist North Korea. Mr. Putin's visit follows meetings in Beijing Tuesday where he and Chinese President Jiang Zemin urged the international community to oppose U-S plans for a National Missile Defense system. (Signed) NEB/HK/AR/JO NEB/ 19-Jul-2000 02:41 AM EDT (19-Jul-2000 0641 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .
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