Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Secret US file: oust regime in Pyongyang
'The United States should team up with China to press for the removal of North Korea's leadership, according to a classified memo circulated by the US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld... Just days before Mr Bush approved the negotiations with North Korea, scheduled for tomorrow, Mr Rumsfeld circulated the Pentagon memo to some members of the Administration.'

'Several officials who have seen it say it is ludicrous to think China would join in any US-led effort to bring about the fall of the North Korean Government. "The last thing the Chinese want," one official said, "is a collapse of North Korea that will create a flood of refugees into China and put Western allies on the Chinese border."'

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