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NORTHEAST ASIA

Asia: Analytic Perspective

Support for US-Worth Korea Relations

Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo are anxious about, the pace of US-North Korean reconciliation. Public siatcntcnis of support for Secretary Albright's visit to Pyongyang mask concern about the irtroucarioreudden breakthrough in US-North Korean relations!

Anxious About Costs]

Soulh Korean President Kim lauded Washington's cootdinaiion with Seoul and Tokyo on North Korean issues but would be reluctant to compensate Pyongyang for freezing missile programs that do not target Sooth Korea. Seoul has expressed concern that it might have to pay what it seesisproportionate share of the costs, as withgreed Framework.

The Unification Minister Uiis week told reporters Seoul was not interested inonsortium to address North Korean long-range rrusales^

Chinese officials have been upbeat about the "relaxation" between P'yongyang and Washirigtrm^fflnensitivc coritrihtrtinn in neacc and stability in the reaonff

Beijing Worried About Losing Lifluence,

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