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The main architect of a 1994 pact between the United States and North Korea to end Pyongyang’s nuclear arms program said Tuesday the U.S. feared a decade ago that Japan and South Korea might seek atomic weapons.

Robert Gallucci also said the U.S. was concerned that such moves by Japan and South Korea to acquire nuclear arsenals would adversely affect negotiations to make the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty permanent and trigger proliferation in other parts of the world.

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