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DATE=11/13/98 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-241643 TITLE=U-S / N. KOREA (L ONLY) BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S SECRETARY OF STATE MADELINE ALBRIGHT HAS EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN NORTH KOREA, WHERE U-S OFFICIALS ARE PREPARING TO OPEN TALKS ON A SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR FACILITY. V-O-A STATE DEPARTMENT CORRESPONDENT KYLE KING HAS THIS REPORT. TEXT: SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AS SHE EMBARKED ON HER TRIP TO ASIA, SECRETARY OF STATE ALBRIGHT SAID THE UNITED STATES WAS CAREFULLY WATCHING THE SITUATION IN NORTH KOREA. /// BEGIN ALBRIGHT ACT /// CLEARLY THE ISSUE OF WHAT IS GOING ON WITH NORTH KOREA IS OF GREAT CONCERN TO US. WE HAVE FELT THAT OUR APPROACH IS THE CORRECT APPROACH, BUT THE SITUATION HAS EVOLVED CONSIDERABLY IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING. /// END ACT /// THE UNITED STATES HAS EXPRESSED ALARM ABOUT A RECENT NORTH KOREAN MISSILE TEST AND A SUSPICIOUS UNDERGROUND FACILITY IN NORTH KOREA THAT SOME EXPERTS SAY COULD INDICATE NORTH KOREA HAS RESUMED ITS NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. UNDER A 1994 AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES, NORTH KOREA AGREED TO END ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM IN EXCHANGE FOR TWO CIVILIAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS THAT CAN NOT BE USED TO PRODUCE WEAPONS. U-S OFFICIALS ARE SCHEDULED TO OPEN TALKS WITH NORTH KOREA IN PYONGYANG NEXT WEEK. THE DELEGATION, HEADED BY U-S ENVOY CHARLES KARTMAN, IS EXPECTED TO PRESS FOR U-S ACCESS TO THE SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN UNDERGROUND FACILITY. NORTH KOREA HAS ALREADY INDICATED IT WILL NOT ALLOW ANY INSPECTIONS AND HAS CALLED THE U-S DEMAND AN INSULT. U-S OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE PREPARED TO ABANDON THEIR ACCORD WITH NORTH KOREA IF IT APPEARS THE DEAL IS BEING VIOLATED. PRESIDENT CLINTON, WHO IS SCHEDULED TO TRAVEL TO ASIA SHORTLY, IS ALSO EXPECTED TO DISCUSS NORTH KOREA DURING TALKS WITH OFFICIALS FROM JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA. ON THURSDAY, PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMED FORMER U-S DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM PERRY AS THE ADMINISTRATION'S NEW NORTH KOREA POLICY COORDINATOR. MR. PERRY HAS BEEN ORDERED TO CARRY OUT A FULL REVIEW OF U-S POLICY TOWARD NORTH KOREA. (SIGNED) NEB/KBK/WDC/PT 13-Nov-98 2:29 PM EST (1929 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .