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Fourth Round of Six-Party Talks: Walkout After South Korean Bilateral

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
South Korean Ambassador Song
China World Hotel
Beijing, China
July 25, 2005

AMBASSADOR SONG: We talked about how to make real progress with this round of talks.

QUESTION: Will you meet with North Korea?

AMBASSADOR SONG: Well, I met with North Korea today.

QUESTION: Mr. Hill, will you meet with the North Koreans?

A/S HILL: Well first of all we are getting ready for the – we are here for the Six-Party process, the Six-Party talks. We are starting the Six-Party Talks this afternoon. We are having bilateral consultations with all the parties. The U.S. delegation had a good meeting with the Chinese delegation and a very good meeting with the Korean delegation. We will see the D.P.R.K. delegation this afternoon. Also, before that we will see the Japanese delegation and I think later in the afternoon we will see the Russian delegation. Then we will all get together for the opening for the Six-Party Process.

QUESTION: Any bilateral meetings today?

A/S HILL: Right now we are having, we have had some bilateral discussions. I know the R.O.K. delegation is going to be meeting with the Japanese at some point. Of course we will probably have trilaterals at some point. But right now this is the time to have these bilateral consultations. I want to stress these are not the negotiations. The negotiations are for the Six-Party Process.

QUESTION: What will your focus be in the bilateral meeting with the North Korean delegation this afternoon?

A/S HILL: Well, the focus there is obviously nothing to do with any negotiation. We are just going to get acquainted and sort of review how we see things coming up and compare notes. We are looking forward to working very hard and trying to make some progress. I am going to ask my colleague Ambassador Song to say a few words. You can speak in Korean.

AMBASSADOR SONG: We also have a set of bilateral meetings. We continue to do that and the bilateral meetings … lay a good ground for effective progress in the talks. And about the trilateral you asked about, when we first meet with the Japanese this afternoon…

QUESTION: The Kyodo news agency reported if North Korea accepts the American proposal America will open an Embassy in Pyongyang, is that right?

A/S HILL: Well no. And I am glad that the Kyodo news agency is well ahead of me on the negotiations but we have not even started the Six-Party negotiations. Actually the first real session starts Tuesday morning. So I would have to ask the Kyodo news agency to be a little patient. Anyway, thank you very much. I look forward to seeing you all again.

QUESTION: Where will you meet the D.P.R.K.?

A/S HILL: I don’t know. Someone else is handling the schedule.

Released on August 3, 2005

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