SENIOR EXECUTIVE INTELLIGENCE BRIEF

Created: 6/12/2000

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Official Reaction to Suinmit One-Day Delay

in the past have delayed diplomatic talks when it is dissatisfied with negotiations over meetings agendas orouth Korean spokesman yesterday said parts of the agenda hare not been finalized.

Tbe North Korean media have yet to comment on the delay, but one South Korean daily says Pyongyang has voiced "strong complaints" over media reports mentioning Kim Chong-il and details of the summit schedule. North Korea normally does not provide public notice of Kim Chong-il's schedule and carefully monitors unflattering portrayals of him.

South Korea President Kim Dae-jung is playing down the unidentified "technical reasons" that P'yongyang cited for Ihe delay, but he is vulnerable to opposition and media criticism

that it represents an insult to Seoul

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