SKorean minister: no plan to topple NKorea

Sept. 29, 2003 at 4:48 PM
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SEOUL, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- South Korea's foreign affairs trade minister says the United States has no policy aimed at toppling the North Korean regime.

The Korea Times reported Yoon Young-kwan, speaking Monday during the Asia-Europe Press Forum, said his recent meetings with top Washington figures confirmed his belief.

"President Bush, Secretary of State Powell and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz all said they have no intention of invading North Korea," Yoon said.

Although some officials within the Bush administration are not ruling out the option, Yoon said the view of major decision makers is quite different.

The times said Yoon reiterated North Korea will give up nuclear weapons and accept economic aid if it is presented in a satisfactory, comprehensive solution.

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