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Voice of America 4/24/97

KOREA TALKS (L-ONLY)

BYLINE=JAN CHORLTON PETERSEN
DATELINE=TOKYO
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  A NORTH KOREAN DIPLOMAT SAYS HIS 
COUNTRY WANTS TO EXPAND THE SCOPE OF PEACE
TALKS TO INCLUDE CHINA, BUT THAT THREE-WAY 
TALKS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, SOUTH AND 
NORTH KOREA SHOULD CONTINUE FOR NOW.  JAN 
CHORLTON PETERSEN REPORTS NORTH KOREA'S 
VICE FOREIGN MINISTER WAS QUOTED IN A NORTH 
KOREA CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY DISPATCH 
MONITORED IN TOKYO.

TEXT:  THE LATEST ROUND OF THREE-WAY PEACE 
TALKS BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA AND 
THE UNITED STATES ENDED EARLIER THIS WEEK, 
BUT NORTH KOREA'S VICE FOREIGN MINISTER KIM 
KYE-GWAN NOW SAYS THE NORTH IS READY FOR 
MORE -- AND EVENTUALLY WANTS TO EXPAND THE 
SCOPE OF THE TALKS TO INCLUDE CHINA.  

MR. KIM HEADED NORTH KOREA'S DELEGATION 
TO THE NEW YORK TALKS.  THE MEETINGS ENDED 
AFTER NORTH KOREA FAILED TO SAY IF IT WOULD 
JOIN FOUR-PARTY TALKS. 

NORTH KOREA'S CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY THURSDAY 
QUOTED MR. KIM AS SAYING THAT BEFORE THE 
FOUR-WAY TALKS BEGIN, IT WOULD BE USEFUL 
FOR THE UNITED STATES AND THE TWO KOREAS 
TO CONTINUE THEIR THREE-PARTY DISCUSSIONS.  
MR. KIM SAYS SUCH TALKS WILL BUILD CONFIDENCE 
AND MAKE FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS MORE EFFECTIVE AND 
PRODUCTIVE.  

SOME DIPLOMATS INTERPRET MR. KIM'S REFERENCE 
TO CONFIDENCE-BUILDING MEASURES AS AN APPEAL 
FOR MORE FOOD AID TO THE FAMINE-WRACKED NORTH.
THE UNITED STATES AND SOUTH KOREA SAY FOOD 
AID  CANNOT  BE A PRECONDITION FOR FOUR-WAY
DISCUSSIONS.THE NORTH KOREAN NEWS AGENCY 
ALSO QUOTES THE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER AS SAYING 
THE GOVERNMENT IN PYONGYANG WANTS WHAT HE 
TERMED "EQUAL FOOTING" IN FUTURE DISCUSSIONS 
OF A PEACE TREATY, WHICH WOULD REPLACE THE 
1953 KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE.  WHILE THE  UNITED 
AND CHINA BOTH RECOGNIZE SOUTH KOREA, THE 
UNITED STATES HAS  NO DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS 
WITH THE NORTH.  (SIGNED)
NEB/JCP/FC/CF

24-Apr-97 4:15 AM EDT (0815 UTC)
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