Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. May Seek Trade Sanctions against N. Korea Clinton Holds out Hope on Inspections

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. May Seek Trade Sanctions against N. Korea Clinton Holds out Hope on Inspections

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Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher confirmed Sunday that the United States was prepared to seek trade sanctions against North Korea.

But President Bill Clinton said he still had hope the North Koreans would allow international inspections of their nuclear sites.

On arriving in Miami for a health-care forum, the president said, "There appear to be people within North Korea who want to proceed to normalization of their country's relations with the international community, and people who don't. To some extent, the ball is still clearly in their court. But we are proceeding to consider all our options."

Clinton was asked if the situation were in danger of escalating into a military conflict. "I'm not trying to ratchet up the tensions," he responded. "I'm just trying to work through this in a very deliberate but very firm and disciplined way."

North Korea warned Sunday that the U.S. decision to break off talks scheduled today in Geneva was pushing North Korea toward withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty limiting the spread of nuclear weapons.

On CBS' "Face the Nation," Christopher predicted that China would not block U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Korea despite China's recent quarrel with the United States over human rights. He reasoned that it was in China's national interest that North Korea not become a nuclear power.

Christopher also said the United States would be talking to South Korea about basing Patriot missiles there, and reviving joint military exercises that were to have been postponed as a gesture of goodwill to North Korea.

He said the United States has no immediate plans to reinforce the 37,000 U.S. military personnel in South Korea, but "we'll be looking at that situation day in and day out."

The New York Times reported Saturday that the overall strategy of economic sanctions, joint war games and Patriot missiles had been developed at a meeting Saturday at the White House.

Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan. …

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