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From: CNN
In: Washington
Posted 8-13-97

Subject: Albright Says U.S. Responsive To North Korean Famine

U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told reporters today the U.S. has been responsive to the North Koreans in their famine plight.

"We obviously have been very concerned about starvation and famine in North Korea," Albright said. "The United States has been a leading responder to the World Food program and we are following this very closely."

Albright also addressed the subject of diplomatic recognition of North Korea, saying it is "something down the line because the important part here is to get a dialogue between the North and the South."

On the Mideast, Albright said "it is essential the violence must be stopped" and called on Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat to make "a 100 percent effort in order to make sure that terrorist activities not take place."

When asked about reports she made an offer to the Bosnian president that former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic be given third-country refuge, Albright said she hopes Biljana Plavsic remembers the terms of the Dayton accords "better than our conversation." Albright said it is the policy of the United States that Karadzic go to The Hague to stand trial.

Albright made the comments during a State Department photo opportunity with Chile's foreign minister.

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