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Fourth Round of Six-Party Talks: Evening Return to Hotel

Chgristopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Beijing, China
July 25, 2005

A/S HILL: First of all, the six party process got going tonight with a dinner hosted by Chinese Foreign Minister Li. We had a number of bilateral consultations in advance of the meetings. In fact, the first session starts tomorrow morning. The purpose of these bilateral consultations, and we met with all five parties, was simply to have an opportunity to talk about how we see this round progressing. It was not an occasion to do any negotiating. So, at this point, it’s really too early to say where we except to say that all the meetings, including the meeting with Mr. Kim of the D.P.R.K. were very businesslike. I think everyone comes here with the understanding that we really do need to make some progress in this round. So, that’s about all I have to tell you right now. So thank you very much.

QUESTION: You will have further contact with the North Koreans?

A/S HILL: Well, we’re going to be in the six party process. We’ll be in touch with all five parties.

QUESTION: What about the bilateral contact with the North Koreans?

A/S HILL: Well, within the six party process we’ll have a lot of those. Thank you very much.



Released on August 3, 2005

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