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U.S. to Send Envoy to North Korea

September 25, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush plans to send an envoy to North Korea in the near future, reopening security talks with that country for the first time in almost two years, the White House said Wednesday.

President Bush notified South Korean President Kim Dae-jung of his decision in a telephone call, presidential press secretary Ari Fleischer said.

``The two leaders agreed that real progress with the North depends on full resolution of the security issues on the Korean Peninsula, including the North’s possession and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles,″ Fleischer said.

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