2. Wide shot of officials, from left: Paul Cleveland, U-S representative to KEDO; Stephen Bosworth, U-S executive director to KEDO; Chang Sun-sup, South Korean representative to KEDO; Akio Suda, deputy director general, Foreign Policy Bureau, Japanese Foreign Ministry
3. SOUNDBITE (English): Stephen Bosworth, U-S executive director to KEDO
5. SOUNDBITE (English): Paul Cleveland, U-S representative, KEDO
7. SOUNDBITE (English): Akio Suda, deputy director general, Foreign Policy Bureau, Japanese Foreign Ministry
9. SOUNDBITE (English): Chang Sun-sup, South Korean representative, KEDO
A multinational delegation broke ground for two nuclear power plants in North Korea Tuesday, opening what the U-S called a possible "window to the outside world" for the reclusive communist nation.
The five (b) billion (U-S) dollar project is designed to remove Pyongyang's potential nuclear threat while thawing relations between the rival Koreas through coming years of cooperation.
The new nuclear power plants will replace a Soviet-designed reactor which the U-S South Korea and Japan feared the North was using to develop atomic weapons.
"This is an important step, this is an important step from a technical point of view, in terms of the completion of this L-W-R (light water reactors) project. It's of course also a very important step from a political point of view, because it is a mark of the commitment of the three governments represented here to comply with the bargain of the agreed framework of Geneva of October 1994."
SUPER CAPTION: Stephen Bosworth, U-S executive director, KEDO
"I was pleased earlier, on the occasion of the ceremony, to be able to read a statement from President Clinton, which was a strong reaffirmation of the United States support for KEDO, for this project, not just because it will help to solve the non-proliferation problem in this part of the world and to help promote peace and security in itself, but also because we believe it is leading to other negotiations on a broader scale."
SUPER CAPTION: Paul Cleveland, U-S representative, KEDO
"I'd like to refer to another proverb, that is the ("After it rained, we get the ground firmer"). I think this project will be conducted in that way. I wish every success to this project."
SUPER CAPTION: Akio Suda, deputy director general, Foreign Policy Bureau, Japanese Foreign Ministry
"My coming back to my native land was the product of the KEDO's work. And today I came to attend the groundbreaking ceremony. I think once the project progresses in the future, I might have the chance to come to make my contribution to the project."
SUPER CAPTION: Chang Sun-sup, South Korean representative, KEDO
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