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Fourth Round of Six-Party Talks: Early Evening Transit St. Regis Hotel

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Beijing, China
August 3, 2005

A/S HILL: Not a lot to report today. We had bilateral meetings earlier this morning with the Japanese. We met later over lunch with the Russian delegation. We also met with the Chinese. In addition to that, we provided some comments that we had on the latest Chinese draft. We understand some delegations have also provided their comments. We donít know if the D.P.R.K. delegation has provided comments and we havenít heard from the D.P.R.K. delegation on this subject. So, probably weíll be going back out to the Diaoyutai and weíll probably know later today.

QUESTION: Will there be a head delegates meeting?

A/S HILL: Right now as I understand thereís nothing scheduled. Weíre waiting. The Chinese side has received comments on their draft. Presumably theyíll try to put those comments together. Theyíve asked us for some further explanation on some of our comments so Ambassador Detrani will be going out. Otherwise weíre waiting to hear whether theyíre going to convene another six party meeting. We donít know again what the status of the D.P.R.K. comments or attitude to the Chinese draft is.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) Peaceful use.

A/S HILL: Well, you know I havenít been really telling you whatís in the draft and I might as well keep that up since itís been 10 days now.

QUESTION: How long do you think youíll be in Beijing?

A/S HILL: Well, thatís a good question. Certainly one does get the sense that weíre getting to the end game here and probably in terms of negotiations this was probably the lightest day yet. It consisted really of providing comments, having some conversations with the Chinese, Russians and Japanese and mainly waiting to get word from the Chinese.

QUESTION: You mentioned the possibility of another talks today -- six-party talks?

A/S HILL: I -- nothingís over around here but I suspect the Chinese may want further discussions and weíd be happy to do whatever the host would like us to do in that regard.

QUESTION: Are your comments today different from previous comments, for the draft?

A/S HILL: Well, as I said yesterday, the Chinese gave us a draft yesterday. They asked us to get it back to capitals for comments from capitals. We did that overnight and this morning I had a conversation with senior people in Washington and, on the basis of that conversation, we also received it in written form. We took our comments back to the Chinese, delivered them at about noontime today. I think some other delegations had comments as well and so we just have to wait to see what the Chinese want to do with the draft.

QUESTION: Do you think the negotiation process is going smoothly?

A/S HILL: Well, I think weíre really getting to the end of the negotiating process. Iím not going to predict that itís over today or tomorrow I just donít know, but certainly in terms of the negotiating process for this week, for this past 10 days -- seems like 10 weeks, but itís only been 10 days --  I think we are getting to the end of this.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, have you heard any complaints on the text by the North Koreans even through the Chinese?

A/S HILL: Well, I havenít been in touch with the North Koreans on that. I presume that they have some concerns about the text. The last time there was a discussion on the text it was in yesterdayís six party head of delegation meeting and it seemed that the North Koreans had a different perspective on the text than that of the other five. So, I donít know where the D.P.R.K. stands on the text at this point. Youíd have to ask them.

QUESTION: (Inaudible)

A/S HILL: We basically think itís a good text. We have some comments but weíre pretty sure we could work out our comments. Weíre pretty sure we could work with the Chinese text.

QUESTION: I know the North Koreans havenít commented but the other delegations?

A/S HILL: My understanding is that other delegations have sent in rather minimal comments and are essentially comfortable with the text. I mean I canít speak for other delegations and also you know when you say you support a text you have to see what the text finally looks like. A number of us have given comments so my sense is that these comments that Iíve heard of from a couple of the other delegations can be incorporated. I think our comments can be incorporated. So, I donít know where the D.P.R.K.ís comments are or whether theyíve even delivered comments at this point.

QUESTION: (Inaudible)

A/S HILL: The Chinese asked us all to respond by this afternoon. I donít know if everybody did and I donít know whether the Chinese were giving extensions or not but we were able to get our comments in. They asked for comments by mid-afternoon and we got ours in about noontime.

QUESTION: Have you discussed the idea of a recess with other delegations?

A/S HILL: We have not -- the U.S. delegation has not discussed the possibility of recess. I know thereís some speculation on that, but we came here to try and reach an agreement and thatís been our whole approach in this negotiation. We have done everything we could do. Weíve talked to everyone we could talk to. We have, I think, shown a certain amount of flexibility dealing with this tough issue. So, I think like a lot of things in life, you have to ask yourself, "Have you done everything you can do?" And, when youíve done everything you could do, you should feel pretty relaxed about it and thatís kind of the way I feel right now. So, thank you very much. Your ordeal is coming to an end Iím sure. Thank you. See you later.

Released on August 4, 2005

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