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DATE=9/20/98 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-238963 TITLE=U-S/JAPAN--NORTH KOREA (L ONLY) BYLINE=GIL BUTLER DATELINE=NEW YORK CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: IN NEW YORK, JAPANESE AND AMERICAN FOREIGN AND DEFENSE MINISTERS HELD THEIR ANNUAL SECURITY CONSULTATION (SUNDAY) AS THE U-N GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. CORRESPONDENT GIL BUTLER REPORTS FROM NEW YORK, JAPAN CONTINUES TO BALK AT PROVIDING ONE-BILLION DOLLARS TO NORTH KOREA FOR SAFER NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS BECAUSE OF PYONGYANG'S RECENT TEST OF A MULTI-STAGE MISSILE THAT SOARED OVER JAPAN. TEXT: AMERICAN AND JAPANESE MINISTERS AGREED FULLY ON THE CONCERN CAUSED BY THE AUGUST 31ST MISSILE LAUNCH BY NORTH KOREA WHICH THE UNITED STATES BELIEVES WAS A FAILED ATTEMPT TO LAUNCH A SMALL SATELITE. BUT THE TWO COUNTRIES DISAGREE ABOUT JAPAN'S PROVIDING FUNDS FOR THE KOREAN PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION, KEDO. THE ORGANIZATION WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE 1994 AGREEMENT WITH NORTH KOREA THAT WAS TO END ITS ATTEMPT AT DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER FUKUSHIRO KOUMURA MADE IT PLAIN JAPAN IS NOT YET READY TO RELEASE THE ONE BILLION DOLLARS--HE SPOKE THROUGH A TRANSLATOR. /// KOUMURA TRANSLATOR ACT /// THE NORTH KOREAN MISSILE LAUNCH WAS OVERFLEW JAPAN WITHOUT ANY ADVANCE WARNING, ADVANCE NOTIFICATION AND AGAINST THAT BACKGROUND, WE CANNOT IMPLEMENT THE KEDO AGREEMENT AS IF THERE WAS NO MISSILE LAUNCH. THAT WOULD ONLY GIVE A MISLEADING SIGNAL TO THE NORTH KOREANS. /// END ACT /// SECRETARY ALBRIGHT AGREED WITH THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE NORTH KOREAN MISSILE LAUNCH AND SAID THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO PYONGYANG THAT IT SHOULD END ITS MISSILE PROGRAM. BUT SHE SAID, IT IS ESSENTIAL THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN LIVE UP TO THEIR SIDE OF THE AGREEMENT WITH NORTH KOREA. /// ALBRIGHT ACT /// WE ALSO TAKE THE NORTH KOREAN MISSILE LAUNCH VERY SERIOUSLY AND CONSIDER IT A DANGEROUS WAY OF MOVING FORWARD AND HAVE MADE THAT VERY CLEAR TO THE NORTH KOREANS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS NOT A SOLUTION TO THE MISSILE ISSUE NOT TO LIVE UP KEDO -- ALL OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THAT -- AND TO THE AGREED FRAMEWORK. BECAUSE THE AGREED FRAMEWORK IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF HOW WE DEAL WITH THE VARIOUS THREATS AND PROBLEMS POSED BY NORTH KOREA. /// END ACT /// FURTHER TALKS ON THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO KEDO ARE TO BE HELD THIS WEEK HERE IN NEW YORK. IN ADDITION TO NORTH KOREA, THE JAPANESE, AND AMERICAN MINISTERS AGREED TO FURTHER STUDY OF WHETHER THE TWO COUNTRIES CAN COOPERATE ON DEVELOPING A BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE -- SOMETHING JAPAN IS EVEN MORE INTERESTED IN NOW, SINCE THE NORTH KOREAN MISSILE LAUNCH. A SENIOR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL DESCRIBED THE DISCUSSIONS AS VERY PRELIMINARY. (SIGNED) NEB/MGB/ENE/RAE 20-Sep-98 3:12 PM EDT (1912 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .