Director of Central Intelligence
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NorthUnsure of Next Steps on Peace Talks
North Korea '$ proposal last week to shift the interim four-party meeting fromebruary in Beijing to early next month in Geneva suggests P'yongyang remains undecided about how to deal with South Korean President-elect Kim Tae-chung. Senior North Korean officials view Kim's election as an unpleasani surprise
tuts yet to articulaie an official North Korea policy, particularly on economic aid. suggesting the North may wait to hear how Kim addresses this trior in hu IS February inaugural address before revisiting the agenda for the plenary four-party talks prexiously scheduled to resume onarch in Geneva.
the interim four-party meeting to neutralsite of US-North Korea Agreed Frameworkwould allow the North to avoid the appearanceubstantial Chinese role inherentering venue; the proposal, moreover, is consistent with P'yongyang't continuing focus on recasting the four-party talkt at principally bilateral negotiations wilh Washington.Original document.