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UPDATED: 10:31, April 05, 2007
DPRK trip by U.S. Governor only focuses on MIA issue
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New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who leads a private U.S. delegation to visit Pyongyang next week, will focus narrowly on the recovery of the remains of U. S. soldiers killed in the Korean War, the State Department said Wednesday.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters that he did not expect Richardson would raise the nuclear issues during his April 8-11 trip.

"He (Richardson)'s actually consulted with the State Department, as well as the White House, on this trip. The narrow focus of it is on this MIA (missing in action) issue and getting back the remains of these missing soldiers," McCormack said.

"I think he does have an understanding of what the mission is and what it isn't," the spokesman said.

McCormack made the remarks apparently in response to a statement by a spokesman for Richardson that "Hopefully this trip will advance the progress made by the Bush administration during the six-party talks to dismantle nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula."

Since the six-party talks, involving the United States, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan, had a breakthrough Feb. 13 nuclear agreement in Beijing, there has been little progress due to the dispute over the transfer of 25 million dollars in the DPRK funds frozen in a Macao bank.

More than 33,000 U.S. troops were reportedly killed in the Korean War, which began in June 1950. More than 8,100 U.S. servicemen still are listed as missing from the Korean War.

Source: Xinhua


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