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DATE=11/21/98 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-241983 TITLE=CLINTON / KOREA (L) BYLINE=DEBORAH TATE DATELINE=SEOUL CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PRESIDENT CLINTON AND SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT KIM DAE JUNG SAY THEY WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY MOVES BY NORTH KOREA THAT WOULD FURTHER NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS INVOLVING NORTH KOREA DOMINATED THEIR SUMMIT MEETING IN SEOUL ON SATURDAY. V-O-A'S DEBORAH TATE REPORTS. TEXT: AT A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE, MR. KIM -- SPEAKING THROUGH A TRANSLATOR -- AND MR. CLINTON MADE CLEAR THEY ARE TROUBLED BY PYONGYANG'S RECENT DECISION TO BAR INSPECTION OF A SUSPECTED UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR SITE AND ITS LAUNCH OF A MISSILE OVER JAPAN LAST AUGUST. // KIM ACTUALITY // WE, THE TWO HEADS OF STATE, WE MADE IT CLEAR THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY POSSIBLE ATTEMPT OF NORTH KOREA TO PROLIFERATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS, MISSILES AN OTHER WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. // CLINTON ACTUALITY // NORTH KOREA'S RECENT ACTIONS, INCLUDING THE TAEPODONG MISSILE LAUNCH AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SUSPECT UNDERGROUND FACILITY, ARE CAUSE FOR DEEP CONCERN. WE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR TO PYONGYANG THAT IT MUST SATISFY OUR CONCERNS AND THAT FURTHER PROVOCATIONS WILL THREATEN THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE. // END ACTS // PYONGYANG -- WHICH SAYS THE UNDERGROUND FACILITY IS FOR CIVILIAN, NON-NUCLEAR PURPOSES -- HAS OFFERED TO ALLOW ACCESS TO THE SITE ONLY IF IT IS PAID SOME 300 MILLION DOLLARS, A CONDITION U-S OFFICIALS HAVE REJECTED. THE UNITED STATES AND SOUTH KOREA FEAR THE NORTH MAY BE RESUMING A NUCLEAR PROGRAM IN VIOLATION OF A 1994 AGREEMENT. UNDER THE PACT, NORTH KOREA HAS AGREED TO FREEZE ITS NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES IN EXCHANGE FOR FREE FUEL AND TWO NUCLEAR REACTORS SUPPLIED BY A GLOBAL CONSORTIUM. MR. CLINTON WARNS PYONGYANG THE DISPUTE OVER THE UNDERGROUND SITE RISKS BETTER RELATIONS WITH WASHINGTON, AND MAY PROMPT THE U-S CONGRESS TO WITHHOLD FURTHER FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE 1994 AGREEMENT. BUT WHILE STANDING FIRM IN THEIR APPEALS TO NORTH KOREA TO ABIDE BY ITS COMMITMENTS, MR. CLINTON AND MR. KIM ALSO NOTED POSITIVE STEPS MADE BY PYONGYANG -- INCLUDING PROGRESS MADE IN FOUR-PARTY PEACE TALKS AND ALLOWING SOUTH KOREAN TOURISTS TO VISIT THE NORTH. THEY AGREED THAT THE BEST POLICY TOWARD NORTH KOREA WAS ONE OF ENGAGEMENT. THE TWO LEADERS ALSO SPENT SOME TIME DISCUSSING THE ASIAN FINANCIAL CRISIS. MR. CLINTON PRAISED SEOUL'S ECONOMIC REFORM PROGRAM, WHILE NOTING THAT MANY KOREANS HAVE ENDURED HARDSHIP UNDER THE PLAN. HE URGED SOUTH KOREA TO CONTINUE ON THE PATH OF REFORM AND TO OPEN MORE OF ITS MARKETS TO FOREIGN COMPETITION. (SIGNED) NEB/DAT/PLM 21-Nov-98 6:37 AM EST (1137 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .