Resumption of Fourth Round of Six-Party Talks: Arrival China World HotelChristopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
September 13, 2005
A/S HILL: Hi, how are you? Itís nice to see you all. I just arrived here and will be beginning the talks in a few hours. Iíll meet with the Chinese delegation in the middle of the afternoon and then we will begin the Six Party Talks just after that. I know a lot of you want to know how long you are going to be here. I know especially for Korean journalists itís tough because weíve got some holidays coming up this weekend. I wish I could tell you how long weíre going to be here. Iíll certainly get a better idea of that when I have the opportunity to talk to the D.P.R.K. delegation.
Weíve all had some four weeks, actually more than four weeks, to look at the text -- to review the conversations of the thirteen days that we had at the end of July and the beginning of August. I know that my delegation is coming here to work. We know pretty precisely what the issues are. I hope the D.P.R.K. delegation has also done some homework and when they get here, when we talk to them, weíll know where we are. So, I canít really say much more than that at this point.
QUESTION: Will you have a bilateral meeting with the D.P.R.K. today?
A/S HILL: I will undoubtedly see them. We donít have any separate bilateral scheduled. I think I am seeing the head of the Chinese delegation at around 3:30 and then we begin the talks at 5:00. Then thereís a dinner tonight. So, I assume at the dinner Iíll have some opportunities for some bilateral discussions.
QUESTION: Has there been any progress before the talks in private exchanges with the North Koreans that make you more optimistic about this round?
A/S HILL: Well, there have been some discussions privately with the North Koreans. Weíve had two discussions within the New York channel. I canít say really that there has been progress. We certainly, I think, have a better idea of what there position is. Although, I must tell you that their position does seem to be evolving a little. So, Iím sort of reluctant to put too much emphasis in the discussions that have been carried on through the press or through various intermediaries. So, weíll have a much better idea about it tonight and tomorrow. So, better to meet with them then than to be speculating about it now.
QUESTION: Are you going home this weekend?
A/S HILL: If I were optimistic or pessimistic, it really wouldnít make much difference. The fact is that weíve got to talk them and see where we are. Then we will get a better sense of where we are. Thank you very much.
Released on September 13, 2005