Thursday, February 20, 2003

Attack on North out of the question, Roh tells US
"The split between South Korea and the United States over how to deal with North Korea widened yesterday, when the incoming South Korean president, Roh Moo-hyun, declared his strong opposition to a military attack on the communist state. "I oppose even considering an armed attack on North Korea at this stage because that can provoke a war which would have serious consequences," Mr Roh told a group of business leaders in Seoul.

"We have never had a difference of opinion with the United States on an international level. But we have one now on how we plan to counter North Korea." Despite pushing for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear arms program and arguing it has no plans to attack North Korea, the US also maintains that "all options remain on the table" - including a military strike."

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