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Powell, Ivanov Discuss North Korea

December 20, 2002

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Secretary of State Colin Powell met Friday with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and discussed ways of achieving their goal of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

Powell and Ivanov met after participating in a discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with United Nations and European Union representatives.

State Department spokeswoman Brenda Greenberg said Powell and Ivanov talked about ways that Washington and Moscow could join with China, South Korea and Japan in persuading North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.

They also discussed Russia’s program to eliminate chemical weapons and prospects for ratification by the legislatures of the two countries of a U.S.-Russian nuclear weapons reduction treaty.

In addition, they touched on the situations in Georgia, Moldova and Chechnya.

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