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North Korea / Famine / Foreign Relations / Nunn's Interview #418211

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 30, 1997
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(Studio: Fionnuala Sweeney) The record-setting drought in North Korea that is making the famine worse noted.

(No location given: Dan Ronan) The decision by the closed society of North Korea to open up to the world because of the famine situation featured. [Former United States ambassador to South Korea Donald GREGG - comments on conditions in North Korea and the need for investment by South Korea and the opening of new relationships; says President Jimmy Carter's meetings with North Korean ledaer Kim Il Sung started a new relationship with the US.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The recent two-day visit by former Senator Sam Nunn and former ambassador James Lainey to North Korea recalled. [NUNN - describes the situation in a Pyongyang--now a city without energy; says North Korea must make structural changes and the nation is desperate enough to consider changing their system; shows satellite reconnaissance photos from 1986 and 1996 that shows the huge growth in the South while lights in the North have gone out; suggests that North Korea will have to change its militaristic outlook beginning with four-way peace talks with South Korea, China and the US, that the leadership feels isolated and cornered and that the US needs to provide economic aid for the famine-stricken nation.]

Ronan, Dan;
Sweeney, Fionnuala;
Woodruff, Judy

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