ACCESSION NUMBER:292750 FILE ID:POL506 DATE:07/02/93 TITLE:CLINTON TO STRESS U.S.-ASIAN POLITICAL, SECURITY TIES (07/02/93) TEXT:*93070206.POL CLINTON TO STRESS U.S.-ASIAN POLITICAL, SECURITY TIES (Christopher briefs on G-7, Asian trip) (510) By Alexander M. Sullivan USIA White House Correspondent Washington -- President Clinton intends to use his trip to Japan and 1outh Korea to stress the high priority he places on U.S. political and security relationships in Asia, Secretary of State Christopher declared July 2. "This dynamic region provides more trade with the United States than any other region of the world," he said, explaining the significance Clinton attaches to the economic dimension of the relationships. He said Clinton will deliver three "significant" speeches on his agenda for the region, in San Francisco, July 5; in Tokyo, July 7; and in Seoul, July 10. Each, Christopher said, "will touch different aspects of the Asian relationship." Additionally, the president will hold bilateral sessions in Tokyo with Indonesian President Suharto, Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa, and Russian President Yeltsin. Russia, Christopher reminded reporters, is an Asian as well as a European power. Clinton will meet in Seoul with South Korean President Kim Young Sam. According to news reports, Clinton's speech to the South Korean National Assembly will dwell on Asian security. The president plans to travel to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to visit American troops stationed there. Washington is seeking to persuade North Korea to submit to inspection of its nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Christopher, addressing questioners at a White House briefing, declined to set a cutoff for the U.S. talks with Pyongyang, despite Kim's expressed fear that North Korea may be drawing them out long enough to produce nuclear weapons. Christopher called the initial talks in Geneva useful, noting they induced Pyongyang to "withdraw their withdrawal" from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. "We don't intend to let them stall the matter," Christopher said. "If the Geneva talks reach a stalemate, we'll recognize that. For the time being, the talks are useful. We will not let them go on endlessly, I assure you." Christopher declined to set "a particular deadline" for reaching agreement, although he acknowledged "achieving inspection is very important to us....I would say discussions will continue only as long as they appear productive. As long as we're making progress, I think we'll continue, but not longer than that." Asked what Washington would do if North Korea produced nuclear weapons, Christopher said he didn't wish to discuss intelligence reports about the North Korean nuclear facilities but added, "the United States is watching that closely and we will protect our vital interests." Christopher looks to the Economic Summit for "increased cooperation and partnership with Russia. There should be a very strong indication of multilateral support" for Moscow in the restructuring and privatization programs. He said he expects a full discussion of the situation in Bosnia but cited the "very volatile" situation there in suggesting the G-7 leaders would not commit to a statement, "at least until you know where matters are" next week. NNNN .