Fourth Round of Six-Party Talks: China World Walkthrough After Coffee With South Korean Delegation HeadChristopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
July 31, 2005
(A/S Hill and his Korean counterpart speak to the press together. Korean ambassador speaks first in Korean for several minutes.)
A/S HILL: I agree with everything youíve just said.
KOREAN AMBASSADOR (in English): I am just reflecting on what weíve discussed. I just told them that these actions should be based on (inaudible), and I told them that we discussed how to make a solid ground for resolving all the issues at the table. They are now talking details but itís a little too early to be giving the details of the discussion. Thatís it.
A/S HILL: I agree with that.
QUESTION: How did the meeting go today?
A/S HILL: We just had a good meeting about taking stock of where we are. Weíve been here almost a week now. To be sure, thereís a drafting committee back at the talks going through the documents and weíll be getting a report from them at some point and then weíll see where we are. Itís been a week, I donít know how much longer itíll go on, but certainly itís useful so far.
QUESTION: Are you satisfied with the paper prepared by China yesterday?
A/S HILL: Well, I think the paper is the basis for moving forward, so we have to see how we do. If youíve ever participated in a drafting session, especially one that involves six different sides, youíll realize how difficult a process that is, so weíll have to see how it goes.
QUESTION: Do you think you can be flexible for the peaceful use?
A/S HILL: Hey, Iím always flexible. Iím always flexible, but I think we need to be very clear. If youíre asking me about peaceful use, we have to be very clear that in our view, D.P.R.K. has to get out of this business. The R.O.K. has made a very good electricity plan, and I think the D.P.R.K. has much to work on without talking about nuclear type things.
QUESTION: Are you going to have a multilateral today?
A/S HILL: Thereís a drafting committee right now, so weíre going to get a report on it.
QUESTION: But only bilateral today?
A/S HILL: No, thereís a six-party drafting committee right now.
Released on August 3, 2005