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Kim-Clinton Have a Fruitful Summit

Nov 21,1998
Korean president, Kim Dae Jung, and the U.S. president, Bill Clinton, held a summit meeting on November 21 at the Blue House(Chong Wa Dae) Seoul, Korea and agreed upon major pressing issues including the North Korean nuclear suspicion.
The two leaders were in accord on the possibility of provocations by North Korea such as their missile development and alleged nuclear processing capabilities. They agreed that NK issues will be jointly managed by Korea, U.S., and Japan.
However, they issued a strong warning that if North Korea plans to exploit perilous nuclear weapons and missiles for military purposes it would not be acceptable at anytime.
They had no outstanding disagreements on major issues and President Kim obtained solid support from the superpower.
But Kim's focus was on toning down the hard line rhetoric and easing tensions over the North Korean threat while Clinton seemed more conscious of the Republican-controlled Senate's stance that the Geneva Agreement could be cancelled if the North's attitude doesn't change.
Clinton stressed that Korea's big business groups should exert more effort on restructuring and downsizing themselves. He commented, 'President Kim alone or the Korean government itself cannot effect reform without being helped.'
Specifically regarding North Korea's Kumchangli underground facility, the two also jointly commented, 'It is not certain yet whether it is a nuclear production facility or not, but there still exists compelling evidence which can only be dispelled by on-site investigators.'


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