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Voice of America 3/7/97
U-S / N. KOREA
BYLINE=JOE CHAPMAN
DATELINE=NEW YORK
CONTENT=
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INTRO: OFFICIALS FROM THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREA MET FOR NEARLY 11 HOURS TODAY (FRIDAY) IN NEW YORK TO DISCUSS BILATERAL ISSUES. V-O-A'S JOE CHAPMAN REPORTS FROM NEW YORK.

TEXT: A STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL DESCRIBES THE TALKS AS "VERY USEFUL ... EXCEPTIONAL ... AND BROAD IN SCOPE. "

AS EXPECTED, THE OFFICIALS TALKED ABOUT COOPERATION IN THE SEARCH FOR THE REMAINS OF AMERICAN SERVICEMEN MISSING IN NORTH KOREA, MISSILE TECHNOLOGY AND AN EXCHANGE OF LIAISON OFFICES.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL SAYS THE TALKS COVERED ALL BILATERAL ISSUES. HE SAYS THE LENGTH OF THE MEETING IS NOT AN INDICATION OF DIFFICULTIES IN THE DISCUSSIONS, BUT OF THE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION THAT WAS EXCHANGED.

THE OFFICIAL SAYS IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO EXPECT AN IMMEDIATE DRAMATIC RESULT FROM THE BILATERAL TALKS ... OR EARLIER TALKS THAT INCLUDED SOUTH KOREA.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL SAYS, HOWEVER, WHAT MATTERS MOST ABOUT THESE NEW YORK MEETINGS IS THAT NORTH KOREA AND SOUTH KOREA SAT DOWN AND DISCUSSED A PEACE PROPOSAL. NORTH KOREA HAS NOT RESPONDED TO THAT PROPOSAL, BUT IS SAID TO BE CONSIDERING IT. (SIGNED)

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07-Mar-97 9:54 PM EST (0254 UTC)
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