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U.S. Delegations To North Korea Talks Undecided

U.S. Delegations To North Korea Talks Undecided

No decision has been made as to who will lead the U.S. delegation to multilateral talks with North Korea, said Buchan.

Earlier in the day, at a news conference in Canberra, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said that Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton would not participate in the talks. North Korea had made objections to sending Bolton to the talks because of criticisms he made of North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-il.

Asked whether North Korean objections hold sway over Bush's decision, Buchan said, "The president will be the person who will choose who will head the U.S. delegation."

"That decision hasn't been made," yet but is "expected shortly," she said.

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