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Bush's first direct communication with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 6 — President Bush sent a letter to Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader, the North’s official news agency and South Korean officials said today. It was Bush’s first direct communication with the North Korean dictator.

Christopher R. Hill, the top envoy to six-nation talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear programs, delivered the letter through the North Korean foreign minister, Pak Ui-chun, during his three-day trip to Pyongyang earlier this week, the Korean Central News Agency said. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/07/world/asia/07korea.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin

A White House spokesman, Gordon D. Johndroe, responded to questions about the contents of the letter this morning by saying: “President Bush wrote letters to all the leaders involved in the six-party talks last Saturday, Dec. 1. In these letters, the President reiterated our commitment to the six-party talks and stressed the need for North Korea to come forward with a full and complete declaration of their nuclear programs, as called for in the September 2005 six-party agreement.? http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/07/world/asia/07korea.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin

Mr. Kim and President Bill Clinton exchanged letters, but this was the first time Mr. Kim received one from Mr. Bush, who has classified North Korea as an "axis of evil" country.

Washington is trying to persuade North Korea to disable their main nuclear complex and to declare their nuclear activities by the end of the year, but the negotiations on the revealing of nuclear programs were stalling by the North Koreans.

According to foxnews.com, North Korea conducted their first nuclear test explosion in October 2006, prompting international condemnation and sanctions. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,315473,00.html

In return to the revealing of nuclear programs agreement, the United States will “begin the process of removing? North Korea from a United States terrorism list “in parallel? with the North’s actions.