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11 December 1998

TEXT: US-N. KOREA TALKS ON SUSPECT UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION

(US requires access to construction at Kumchangni)  (260)



Washington -- Delegations from the United States and North Korea
(DPRK) met several times in several venues from December 4-11 to
continue discussions begun in August on US suspicions about
underground construction at Kumchangni.


According to a statement released December 11 by State Department
Deputy Spokesman James Foley, the United States continued to require
the complete resolution of its concerns regarding the DPRK's suspect
underground construction and has made clear this will require access.


Following is the State Department text:



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US DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesman

December 11, 1998



STATEMENT BY JAMES B. FOLEY, DEPUTY  SPOKESMAN



CONCLUSION OF THIRD ROUND OF US-DPRK BILATERAL TALKS

ON SUSPECT UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION



The US and DPRK delegations met in New York December 4 and 5, in
Washington DC December 7 and 8, and again in New York December 10 and
11 to continue discussions begun in August on US suspicions about
underground construction at Kumchangni. The talks were conducted in a
serious atmosphere. The US continued to require the complete
resolution of our concerns regarding the DPRK's suspect underground
construction and has made clear this will require access. Although
gaps remain, the parties approached the issues in a problem-solving
manner. The two sides recognized that progress was made and agreed to
meet again as soon as possible at a venue and date to be determined
through the New York channel.


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