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DATE=9/2/98 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-238073 TITLE=SENATE - NORTH KOREA (L-ONLY) BYLINE=DAVID SWAN DATELINE=CAPITOL HILL CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE U-S SENATE HAS SIGNALED ITS DISPLEASURE AT NORTH KOREA FOR TEST-FIRING A MISSILE OVER JAPAN AND ALLEGEDLY CONDUCTING A SECRET NUCLEAR ARMS PROGRAM. V-O-A'S DAVID SWAN REPORTS, LAWMAKERS OVERWHELMINGLY CALLED FOR RESTRICTIONS ON NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR ACCORD WITH THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER NATIONS. TEXT: SENATORS VOTED TO HOLD BACK MONEY TO CARRY OUT THE ACCORD AS LONG AS NORTH KOREA DEVELOPS NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR SELLS ITS MISSILE TECHNOLOGY TO TERRORIST COUNTRIES. REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN SAYS THE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT'S ACTIONS HAVE RENDERED THE FOUR-YEAR-OLD AGREEMENT ALL BUT WORTHLESS. // MCCAIN ACT // WE'RE SUPPOSED TO TRUST THE WORD OF THESE PEOPLE? AND THEY JUST LAUNCHED A MISSILE, A TWO-STAGE MISSILE WHICH EVERY ARMS CONTROL EXPERT IN AMERICA WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU DON'T BUILD THESE KINDS OF MISSILES UNLESS THEY'RE ARMED WITH WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION? THIS THING (THE AGREEMENT) WAS WRONG FROM THE START. // END ACT // THE DEAL WOULD GIVE NORTH KOREA MODERN REACTORS AND FUEL OIL IN RETURN FOR CLOSING AN OLD REACTOR THAT COULD YIELD PLUTONIUM FOR BOMBS. NORTH KOREA'S INTENTIONS WERE RECENTLY CALLED INTO QUESTION BY REPORTS THE COUNTRY HAS BUILT A HUGE UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR WEAPONS PLANT. EVEN BEFORE THESE REPORTS AND THE MISSILE TEST, MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAD GROWN SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE AGREEMENT. BUT DEMOCRAT PATRICK LEAHY, WHILE DENOUNCING NORTH KOREA'S CONDUCT, URGED HIS COLLEAGUES NOT TO BACK AWAY FROM THE PLAN. // LEAHY ACT // AND I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE THE NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT AN EXCUSE TO MAKE THE SITUATION WE NOW HAVE A LOT WORSE. // END ACT // THE SENATE PASSED THE RESTRICTIONS AS PART OF A FOREIGN AID BILL FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS YET TO ACT ON THE PROPOSAL. (SIGNED) NEB/DS/WFR 02-Sep-98 5:16 PM EDT (2116 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .