Clinton to Consult Bush on Travel to North Korea

Published December 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Outgoing President Bill Clinton said here Tuesday that he planned to consult President-elect George W. Bush on whether to travel to North Korea before the end of his term on January 20. 

"No decision has been made on that (a trip to North Korea)," Clinton said in answer to a question as he greeted Bush at the White House. 

"This is something that I want to consult with the president-elect and his team about, and we'll see what the facts are," he added. "And I'll try to do what's best for the country." 

The White House said Monday that Clinton would decide whether to visit Kim Jong-Il, leader of the isolated Stalinist state, this week. 

Clinton and his staff have been mulling a visit to North Korea for months. 

US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made a ground-breaking visit to Pyongyang last October and Clinton had hoped to follow suit, perhaps tagging on a leg to his Asian tour last month. 

But the visit was aborted after negotiators from both sides in October failed to narrow "gaps" over North Korea's missile program -- WASHINGTON (AFP)  



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