Index

DATE=6/19/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=ROGUE STATES NO LONGER (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-263555 BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE DATELINE=WASHINGTON CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The term "rogue states" has been used for years to describe countries considered a threat to world order such as North Korea, Iran and Libya. But now, Washington has decided the term has outlived its usefulness. Correspondent Nick Simeone reports on a subtle shift in diplomacy that goes beyond words. TEXT: American diplomats are no longer calling countries such as Iran, Libya and North Korea "rogue states". That designation has been dropped. Now, they're called "states of concern." The change represents more than just semantics. In fact, changing the designation of such countries implies positive trends. It didn't pass without notice that this much milder designation was announced on the same day that the United States lifted some sanctions against one of the countries that had been labeled a "rogue state" - North Korea. State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher. /// BOUCHER ACT /// What we see now is a certain evolution in different ways in different places, some places that were described that way have embarked upon more democratic internal life. Others have been willing to address some of the issues that are of primary concern to the United States. /// END ACT /// North Korea has promised to stop testing ballistic missiles and has just held a summit with its long-time arch-enemy, the South. U-S officials point to positive changes in other countries that have also been branded rogue states. In Iran pro-reform candidates scored major victories in recent parliamentary elections, and Libya has handed over two suspects long wanted in the Lockerbie airline bombing. The change in designation suggests Washington may be rethinking its relationship with such countries, including Libya and North Korea which remain accused of supporting terrorism. /// SECOND BOUCHER ACT /// If we're able to encourage them or pressure them or otherwise produce changes in their behavior and therefore change in our relationship, we're willing to do that. /// END ACT /// The United States is already holding talks with North Korea. It's also seeking dialogue with Iran, and has long had high level relations with Syria, another country accused of supporting terrorism. (SIGNED) NEB/NJS/KBK 19-Jun-2000 18:31 PM LOC (19-Jun-2000 2231 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .