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Fourth Round of Six-Party Talks: 2nd Morning Departure from St. Regis Hotel

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

QUESTION: Whatís the schedule like for today?

A/S HILL: Well, the schedule is Iíve got a meeting right now with the Japanese delegation and then Iíll be going out to the talks. Iíll be talking with the Chinese about their text -- I think a very important text because itís a text thatís really designed to narrow the differences and maybe, maybe even get to the point where we can really agree on something. So, weíll see, weíll see. Itís a very important day. We havenít tended to do well when it rains so Iím a little worried about the weather but weíll see.

QUESTION: Will there be a final text?

A/S HILL: I donít know, I donít know. We thought it was a pretty good text. We had some thoughts on it, but I think everyone knows where the red lines are. It should be a final text but in this business itís never over until itís over, to coin a phrase.

QUESTION: How is the response from Washington?

A/S HILL: Weíre in pretty good shape. First of all thereís a real appreciation for the work the Chinese have put into this. Itís not easy. Itís not as if the six parties met having very close opinions about everything. Weíve had some pretty seriously divergent opinions about things. Itís taken a long time. It took several days just talking about the issues. If you recall, we went to written text over the weekend. It was not easy, a lot of different opinions, as a consequence thereís been a lot of different texts.

Itís been a very long process and those of us involved in it would kind of like to go home. But I think we are all very struck by the importance of this, the importance to all of us in getting this done, especially I would say the importance to the D.P.R.K. Thereís a very real sense that the D.P.R.K. does, indeed, stand to prosper. They can look forward to a brighter future. They can look forward to a more secure future, a more prosperous future, but they canít do that with nuclear weapons. Theyíve got to get off that.

So, I think itís a pretty good package. Itís really a statement of principles that guides the way forward, which is to say that it doesnít represent the negotiated document. Itís not the final document. That would have to come at a subsequent negotiation. But, as a set of principles, a set of goals, it guides the future conversation so that everyone understands whatís the basis, whatís the basic building material for a negotiated settlement when the lawyers sit down and try to write that. So a lot of work has been done but we wonít really know until we get an agreement on the text to determine how successful weíve been.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary is it time for North Korea to make a decision, is it time for them?

A/S HILL: Well I think itís a very, very important time for them. You know itís very clear where a better future for them lies, and a more secure future I might add. So, you know, I hope theyíre in the right direction for that. Itís something theyíre going to decide on their own. Theyíre not going to listen to pressure from me. Itís a decision they have to make for their own benefits. I know how I would make it, but itís going to have to be up to them. Well, thank you very much. Itís going to be a very busy day so maybe I will see you all later on. So, thank you.

Released on August 4, 2005

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