News



DATE=6/9/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-233616
TITLE=CLINTON / SOUTH KOREA (L-UPDATE)
BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST
DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE
CONTENT=
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INTRO: PRESIDENT CLINTON IS PLEDGING HIS SUPPORT FOR SOUTH KOREAN
PRESIDENT KIM DAE-JUNG AND HIS EFFORTS TO REACH OUT TO THE 
COMMUNIST NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT IN PYONGYANG. THE TWO LEADERS 
HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER TALKS AT THE WHITE HOUSE. V-O-A'S 
DAVID GOLLUST HAS DETAILS.

TEXT: MR. CLINTON SAID PRESIDENT KIM DID NOT ASK FOR AN IMMEDIATE
END TO U-S ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST NORTH KOREA,  BUT HE DID 
SEEK -- AND OBTAIN -- A  U-S ENDORSEMENT OF HIS EFFORTS AT 
RECONCILIATION WITH PYONGYANG.

APPEARING AT A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE WITH HIS SOUTH KOREAN 
COUNTERPART, MR. CLINTON SAID THEY DISCUSSED THE APPROACH TO 
NORTH KOREA WITH REAL CANDOR:

                     ///CLINTON ACTUALITY///

         PRESIDENT KIM DID NOT ASK ME TO LIFT SANCTIONS. WHAT HE 
         ASKED ME TO DO WAS TO WORK WITH HIM TO SUPPORT A POLICY 
         OF RECIPROCITY -- WHICH WOULD ENABLE US TO MOVE FORWARD 
         WITH THE RECONCILIATION OF THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH. AND 
         I SAID I WOULD BE PREPARED TO DO THAT.

                          ///END ACT///

THE SOUTH KOREAN LEADER -- MAKING HIS VISIT U-S VISIT SINCE 
TAKING OFFICE IN FEBRUARY -- SAID HE WANTED TO FORGE AN 
ATMOSPHERE IN WHICH THE NORTH KOREANS CAN BE INDUCED TO OPEN UP 
THEIR CLOSED SOCIETY AND TO ENCOURAGE MODERATE ELEMENTS THERE.

MR. KIM SAID THE CURRENT SITUATION IN THE NORTH IS RELATIVELY 
STABLE BUT -- HEARD HERE THROUGH AN INTERPRETER -- HE SAID IT IS 
IMPORTANT TO WARD OFF FURTHER DETERIORATION IN WHAT HE WAS A 
"VERY BAD" ECONOMIC AND FOOD SITUATION: 

                       ///KIM ACTUALITY///

         IF IT REMAINS IN SUCH A HARD SITUATION, IT MAY DECIDE TO
         GO THE ROAD OF MILITARY PROVOCATION. OR IF IT STAYS THE 
         COURSE, IT MAY SIMPLY COLLAPSE. AND THAT WILL FALL ON 
         OUR LAP. SO FOR PEACE, FOR STABILITY ON THE KOREAN 
         PENINSULA  WE NEED TO INDUCE NORTH KOREA TO OPEN UP AND 
         REGAIN THE STRENGTH TO LIVE AND GROW ON ITS OWN. AND WE 
         HAVE TO HELP IT IN DOING SO.

                          ///END ACT///

PRESIDENT CLINTON PAID TRIBUTE TO MR. KIM'S EFFORTS TO OPEN SOUTH
KOREA'S ECONOMY TO FOREIGN INVESTMENT AND RECOVER FROM ITS OWN 
ECONOMIC CRISIS -- WHICH HE DEPICTED AS MERELY "A BUMP ON THE 
ROAD" FOR A COUNTRY THAT HAS ENJOYED DECADES OF REMARKABLE 
GROWTH.

HE ANNOUNCED THAT SOUTH KOREA WILL AGAIN BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR 
INVESTMENT GUARANTEES FROM THE U-S OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT 
CORPORATION AFTER A SEVEN-YEAR SUSPENSION DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT 
SOUTH KOREAN LABOR CONDITIONS. THE DELEGATIONS ALSO SIGNED AN 
OPEN SKIES AGREEMENT TO LIBERALIZE AIR SERVICE BETWEEN THE TWO 
COUNTRIES. (SIGNED) 

NEB/DAG/WDC/JO

09-Jun-98 5:52 PM EDT (2152 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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