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Clinton won't travel to North Korea
A senior administration official told CNN that the president decided against the trip because negotiations over North Korea's missile program failed to achieve a framework he felt comfortable signing.
"There were issues to resolve over existing missiles and verifications," the official said. "We've always said we wouldn't do it if we couldn't do it right."
The official said some progress has been made in talks with North Korea since Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's historic visit in October, but not enough to justify a presidential visit or to sign a framework agreement ending North Korea's missile program.
The White House informed both the North and South Koreans of the decision on Thursday. It also informed President-elect George W. Bush's transition team.
"There is great promise with the work we have done," the senior administration official said. "There is an opportunity to substantially reduce a major source of weapons proliferation and instability in the region."
White House weighing N. Korean missile deal, Clinton trip
U.S. State Department
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