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DATE=12/11/98 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-242848 TITLE=KOREA TALKS (L ONLY) BYLINE=LARRY FREUND DATELINE=NEW YORK CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S AND NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS CONCLUDED SIX DAYS OF TALKS TODAY (FRIDAY) AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY MADE SOME PROGRESS IN THEIR DISCUSSION ON AMERICAN ACCESS TO A SUSPECTED NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR FACILITY. CORRESPONDENT LARRY FREUND REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. TEXT: STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN JAMES FOLEY SAYS GAPS REMAIN BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH KOREA. BUT HE ADDS THAT BOTH SIDES APPROACHED THE ISSUES IN A PROBLEM-SOLVING MANNER. AND THEY AGREED TO MEET AGAIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. AT ISSUE IN THE TALKS WERE U-S FEARS THAT NORTH KOREA IS USING AN UNDERGROUND SITE NEAR ITS CAPITAL PYONGYANG TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THAT WOULD VIOLATE THE ENERGY AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES THAT NORTH KOREA SIGNED IN 1994. UNDER THAT AGREEMENT, NORTH KOREA SAID IT WOULD FREEZE ITS SUSPECTED NUCLEAR WEAPON PROGRAM AND WOULD RECEIVE FREE FUEL AND SAFER NUCLEAR REACTORS. NORTH KOREA SAYS THE FACILITY IS FOR CIVILIAN, NOT MILITARY, USE. IT HAS DEMANDED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO ALLOW THE UNITED STATES TO EXAMINE THE SITE. THE UNITED STATES HAS REFUSED. STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN FOLEY SAYS THE TALKS BETWEEN THE U-S AND NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS WERE HELD IN A SERIOUS ATMOSPHERE AND THAT THE UNITED STATES CONTINUED TO REQUIRE WHAT HE CALLS THE COMPLETE RESOLUTION OF ITS CONCERNS REGARDING NORTH KOREA'S SUSPECT UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION. AMERICAN OFFICIALS, SAYS MR. FOLEY, MADE CLEAR THIS WILL REQUIRE ACCESS TO THE SITE. THE TWO DELEGATIONS BEGAN THEIR TALKS IN NEW YORK ON DECEMBER FOURTH. THE DISCUSSIONS MOVED TO WASHINGTON BEFORE RETURNING TO NEW YORK FOR THE FINAL TWO DAYS. NO DATE OR PLACE HAS BEEN SET FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE NEGOTIATIONS. NEB/NY/LSF/JO 11-Dec-98 4:13 PM EST (2113 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .