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Archive for Sunday, November 5, 2000

Clinton delays N. Korea trip

November 5, 2000

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— President Clinton will not go to North Korea after his upcoming trip to Vietnam but still may make an unprecedented visit to the communist country before he leaves office in January, a White House official said Saturday.

The United States and North Korea ended three days of talks Friday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, without agreeing on a way to curb North Korea's missile program the chief obstacle to a possible trip by Clinton.

"The president has not made a decision yet on whether he will visit Pyongyang," the North Korean capital, said Daniel Cruise, a spokesman for the National Security Council.

White House officials had considered whether to add a brief presidential stop in North Korea to Clinton's trip to Vietnam and Brunei.

Clinton plans to visit Vietnam at the end of a scheduled trip to Brunei, where he is to attend the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on Nov. 15-16.

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