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North Korea-US Relations / Nuclear Crisis / Diplomacy #719353

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Jan 11, 2003
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) North Korea's withdrawal from a treaty regulating nuclear weapons noted.

(Seoul: Mark Litke) The latest threat from North Korea to resume missile testing featured; scenes shown from North Korea of a government-orchestrated rally & of a rally in South Korea in support of American troops. [Yonsei University professor CHUNG Min Lee†- says this is typical North Korean behavior in ratcheting up a crisis.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's meeting with envoys from North Korea noted.

(White House: Tamala Edwards) The reaction of the administration to developments in North Korea examined. [RICHARDSON - says the ambassador told him North Korea has no intention of building nuclear weapons; states dialogue & diplomacy can ease the tensions.] Statement from the State Department quoted. [Former State Department official Robert GALLUCCI†- suggests the US avoidance of talks is "bizarre."]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Tomorrow's guests on "This Week" mentioned.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Litke, Mark;
Edwards, Tamala

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