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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of November 30, 1993

1.  North Korea -- SCUD shipment to Iran
Q.  Any comment on reports North Korea may be shipping missiles
to Iran?

A.  WHILE WE ARE ALWAYS CONCERNED ABOUT REPORTS OF MISSILES
BEING SHIPPED INTO AREAS OF TENSION, WE CANNOT CONFIRM OR DENY
REPORTS THAT NORTH KOREA MAY BE SHIPPING MISSILES TO IRAN.


2.  UKRAINE -- Aid Amounts/Linkage to START I Ratification
Q:   What are the aid amounts being given to Ukraine?  How much,
if any, aid is being withheld because Ukraine is not in
compliance with the START treaty?

A:  IN THIS FISCAL YEAR, THE UNITED STATES HAS INCREASED ITS
BILATERAL ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE TO $330 MILLION.

--OF THIS AMOUNT, THE UNITED STATES HAS PLEDGED $155 MILLION FOR
ECONOMIC AID AND AT LEAST $175 MILLION FOR DISMANTLEMENT AND
NONPROLIFERATION ASSISTANCE UNDER THE SAFE AND SECURE
DISMANTLEMENT (SSD) UMBRELLA AGREEMENT.

--OF THIS $175 MILLION, THE U.S. HAS ALREADY PROPOSED SPECIFIC
IMPLEMENTING AGREEMENTS INVOLVING $135 MILLION IN MISSILE AND
BOMBER DISMANTLEMENT ASSISTANCE, AS WELL AS ASSISTANCE FOR
EXPORT CONTROL, GOVERNMENT-TO-GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS,
MATERIAL CONTROL AND ACCOUNTING FOR CIVILIAN NUCLEAR MATERIAL,
AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE EQUIPMENT.  THE RATE AT WHICH WE PROVIDE
THIS ASSISTANCE WILL DEPEND ON THE PACE AN SCOPE OF THE
UKRAINIAN EARLY DEACTIVATION AND DISMANTLEMENT PROGRAM.  DURING
HIS VISIT TO UKRAINE LAST MONTH, SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER
REITERATED THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL BILATERAL
ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE, AND TO SUPPORT SUBSTANTIAL AID THROUGH
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, WHEN UKRAINE TAKES STEPS
TOWARD PROMOTING FUNDAMENTAL ECONOMIC REFORM.(###)