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U.S. prefers cash to military option for N. Korea.

TOKYO, Feb. 3 Kyodo The United States is unlikely to select military options to deal with North Korea's suspected nuclear weapon's program, given that Washington is ready to back a 1994 bilateral accord with 47 million dollars. The U.S. aims to use dialogue to avoid a crisis over Pyongyang's suspected development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, U.S. diplomatic sources said. The 1994 agreement involves the freezing and eventual dismantling of the North's nuclear program in exchange for two modern light-water nuclear reactors and an annual supply of 500,000 tons of fuel oil from the U.S. until one of the reactors begins operation. The situation became tense after the U.S. Congress set strict conditions last October on the disbursement of the 35 million dollars earmarked for the fuel oil shipments. The U.S. Congress urged a freeze on the fuel oil shipments, saying that North Korea may have violated the 1994 bilateral nuclear agreement by constructing an underground nuclear facility near Yongbyon, 90 kilometers north of Pyongyang. Congress sought inspection of the site and demanded a halt to Pyuccessors are the king's eldest son Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who is now president of the National Assembly, and Prince Norodom Sirivudh, the king's half brother. "We support the first two scenarios of Queen Monineath or Prince Norodom Sihamoni to be the successor," Sam Rainsy said. Constitutionally, the king must be at least 30 years old and descending from the country's last three royal family lines -- Ang Duong, Norodom or Sisowath. But Monineath, 63, is not of royal blood. "If Queen Monineath gains support as a successor, an amendment of the Constitution is necessary," Sam Rainsy said. The king has in recent years denied reports that he wants his wife to succeed him on the throne as a reigning queen upon his death or abdication.
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Publication:Asian Political News
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 8, 1999
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