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SLUG: 268351 Albright / North Korea DATE: NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=10/23/00

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE= ALBRIGHT / NORTH KOREA (L)

NUMBER=2-268351

BYLINE=KYLE KING

DATELINE=PYONGYANG

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INTRO: U-S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has begun a second day of unprecedented talks in North Korea, where she has been discussing ways to improve long-strained relations. From Pyongyang, V-O-A's Kyle King reports.

TEXT: The secretary is expected to hold another round of talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, but the time of the meeting is not yet known.

Monday, Ms. Albright told the North Korean leader the two countries are moving toward a fundamental improvement in their relations. But she says differences developed over many decades cannot be eliminated overnight.

Ms. Albright - who is the most senior U-S official to visit North Korea - held more than three hours of unscheduled talks with the North Korean leader.

U-S officials describe the talks as useful and substantial, saying they focused on U-S concerns - including North Korea's ballistic missile program and exports of military technology.

North Korea is believed to be seeking its removal from the U-S list of state sponsors of terrorism and the lifting of U-S sanctions.

During Monday's meeting Ms. Albright also delivered a letter to the North Korean leader from President Clinton, outlining his ideas for improving relations.

One of the goals of Ms Albright's talks has been to explore the possibility of a visit by President Clinton, whose term expires in January.

Ms. Albright's schedule today includes talks with Foreign Minister Paek Nan Sun, the president of the People's Assembly, Kim Yong Nam, and Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok.

The secretary flies to Seoul Wednesday to brief South Korean and Japanese officials on her talks (Signed).

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