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Monday 20 October 2003
 
North Korea Nuclear Discussions
 
APEC summit President Bush and South Korea's leader, Roh Moo-hyun, have discussed America's latest ideas on how to end North Korea's nuclear crisis. The discussion took place in Bangkok where 21 nations of APEC are holding a summit. Peter Leng reports:
 
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Washington's very public moves on North Korea have overshadowed this meeting of APEC leaders, with security, and not trade, very much at the top of the agenda.

South Korea's national security advisor, Dr Ra Jong-Yil, said he was not surprised that the issue of North Korea was dominating discussions and he was very encouraged by the latest American ideas on trying to end the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. He stressed that the Americans had given no detail of what he called the security assurances that could be offered to the north. No one, he said, was privy to the actual wording or the means of implementing any security guarantee.

Dr Ra said such details would have to be worked out by all six countries involved in efforts to resolve the nuclear crisis, including North Korea itself. He hoped such talks could take place by the end of the year. But for now, he said, positive progress was being made.

Peter Leng, BBC News, Bangkok

 
 
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very public moves
 
approaches that can be easily seen by everyone
 
overshadowed
 
if something is overshadowed, attention and importance are taken away from it
 
APEC
 
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
 
at the top of the agenda
 
something at the top of the agenda is the most important thing
 
dominating
 
if a topic is dominating, it gets more time and attention than any other
 
Pyongyang
 
here, the capital city is used to refer to the whole country of North Korea
 
security assurances
 
guarantees against possible attacks against North Korea
 
was privy to
 
if you are privy to something, you’re one of the few people who know about it
 
the actual wording
 
the exact written words
 
positive progress
 
movement in the right direction
 
 
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