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INTRO:  The prime ministers of Japan and South Korea 
are promising to reward North Korea if it drops plans 
to test launch a ballistic missile.  Tanya Clark 
reports from Tokyo the two leaders met (Thursday) in 
the Japanese capital and agreed on a joint stance 
towards North Korea's missile program.
TEXT:  South Korean Prime Minister Kim Chong-pil 
offered North Korea what he termed -- an appropriate 
benefit -- for dropping its suspected plans to test 
launch a new long-range missile.  The South Korean 
leader, is in Japan until Sunday, and met with his 
Japanese counterpart Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi to 
discuss North Korea's missile program. 
At a joint news conference, neither leader would 
elaborate on what that benefit might be. 
But Mr. Obuchi said the suspension of the launch would 
allow Japan, South Korea, and the United States to 
move their relationship with the North in a -- 
constructive way.
During the past week, there have been signs North 
Korea may back down from its threat to test launch a 
ballistic missile.  But tensions returned to the 
region (Thursday) when the North-Korean military 
announced the sea border separating the two Koreas 
invalid.  North Korea declared its right to self-
defense by unspecified various means and methods.
Mr. Obuchi and Mr. Kim pledged close cooperation with 
the United States, to prevent North Korea from test 
firing the Taepodong II missile.
North Korea first launched a ballistic missile one-
year ago.  It flew over Japan and landed in the sea.  
The second-generation missile is considered more 
powerful and capable of reaching as far as Hawaii or 
U-S officials are to begin discussions with North 
Korea in Berlin next week.  Both Mr. Kim and Mr. 
Obuchi said they hope the negotiations will lead to a 
positive outcome.
02-Sep-1999 07:38 AM EDT (02-Sep-1999 1138 UTC)
Source: Voice of America

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