Thu, Aug 14, 2003 - Page 5 News List

N Korea unyielding as US reconsiders

DIPLOMACY Washington said it is looking at options, even a promise not to attack, as it irons out exactly what kind of scenario it would like to see to avert a disaster

REUTERS AND AFP , SEOUL AND WASHINGTON

As the Beijing meeting approaches, the Bush administration is reported once again to be divided over concessions to the North, The Times said.

There are also differences of view between Washington and its allies, Japan and South Korea.

A US official said Japan and the US take a harder line, while South Korea is inclined to accept the idea of "front-loading" some concessions in return for preliminary steps by the North toward nuclear disarmament, according to the report.

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