Diplomatic efforts continue to end nuclear crisis; Roh says US considered attacking N. Korea

Published January 19th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

North Korean leader Kim Jong-II vowed that the will of his people and army would never be broken as diplomatic efforts to end Pyongyang's nuclear standoff with Washington increased Sunday. 


"The further the imperialists intensify their moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK (North Korea), the more dynamically its army and people turn out to successfully build a powerful nation," Kim was quoted as saying by the North's official Korean Central News Agency


"No force on earth can break the inexhaustible strength and indomitable will of this great army and people who have brought about only victories pulling through all difficulties and ordeals." 


The remarks came as American and Russian envoys intensified efforts to find a solution to the nuclear crisis. On Sunday, US envoy James Kelly arrived in Tokyo, the last part of his shuttle diplomacy through Asia to solve the crisis. 


His arrival followed talks in Pyongyang Saturday between North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kang Sok-Ju and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukova. Kang told the Russian envoy that international mediation would complicate the settlement of the nuclear standoff as it was a US-North Korean affair, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. 


Meanwhile, according to CNN, South Korean president-elect Roh Moo-Hyun, addressing a television news conference Saturday, said that the United States considered attacking North Korea over its alleged nuclear arms program, before agreeing to seek a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff. (Albawaba.com) 

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