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Resumption of Fourth Round of Six-Party Talks: Morning Transit China World Hotel

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Beijing, China
September 15, 2005

A/S HILL: Good morning. Anyway, Iím going to go back to the talks, so I have a meeting with the D.P.R.K. delegation at some time before noon, and weíll see where we are. As I said, yesterday was a long day. We didnít make much progress. Letís see if we can do a little better today.

QUESTION: The light water reactors are a deal breaker for the U.S.?

A/S HILL: Well, you know, I donít want to use terms like "deal breaker." Thatís your term, but itís Ė the light water reactor for us is a non-starter. We have a pretty good deal on the table. The deal consists of really a lot of what the D.P.R.K. should want: security guarantees, a recognition package, entry Ė or access Ė to international financial institutions, and a very serious energy package; an energy package that would really in a very practical way address the very difficult electrical problems in the D.P.R.K. And instead of discussing this rather comprehensive and carefully put-together package, we ended up discussing something thatís not on the table: light water reactors.

QUESTION: What about patience, Mr. Hill? Is the U.S. prepared to go the distance with this?

A/S HILL: I have a lot of patience. Thatís not my problem. [Laughter]

QUESTION: Can you tell us what will happen if North Korea does nothing vis-a-vis this? Will there be another round with that, or just an end of the talks?

A/S HILL: Well, I donít know. I mean, our view on the talks is weíre prepared to participate in the talks as long as we believe the talks are in fact useful. But for talks to be useful, itís not up to just us. Itís up to other participants to make use of them. So, I would hope the D.P.R.K., would focus on what the proposal was Ė the fourth draft Ė and go through it very carefully, and determine whatís in their countryís interests. I do know that what is in that package is very generous, and is something, if I were a D.P.R.K. official, I would not want to see pass by.

QUESTION: What do you think of the statement by President Bush that Iran can have the right to choose the nuclear energy Ė saying that itís a right of a government to want to have a civilian-based program? But this is quiteÖ

A/S HILL: Well, I think the Presidentís words speak for themselves, but I think the issue here with the D.P.R.K. is we have put together a comprehensive package to deal with a Ė with the issue here, and have chosen to focus on something not in the package. So, if their concern is electricity, thereís a very generous electricity package. If their concern is something else, they ought to be clear with us and tell us what that is. Thank you very much.

QUESTION: Secretary Hill, do you expect any progress today?

A/S HILL: I donít know. Do you? [laughter] I donít know. I mean, what I expect or donít expect is really not important. Iím going to go back there and weíre going to have a discussion and weíll see where we are. Thank you veryÖ

QUESTION: What is the schedule for another meeting with North Korea?

A/S HILL: Iím sorry?

QUESTION: What is the schedule for another meeting with North Korea?

A/S HILL: Iím going to meet with them late this morning.

Question: Will there be meetings other delegations? What about other delegations? Chinese? Or Japan?

A/S HILL: You mean their meeting with theÖ?

QUESTION: No. What about delegations except the North Koreans?

A/S HILL: Iím not sure. I think I have a meeting with the Japanese delegation, and Iím sure Iím meeting with the others, but I just donít know the schedule.

QUESTION: Also, are you going to show Ė are you going to bring to show any concessions in [inaudible]?

A/S HILL: Well, I Ė again, we have a good proposal on the table. We had a good proposal on the table when we left in August. Everyone took some time to think about it: thirty-seven days, to be precise. And letís hear what the D.P.R.K. thinks about the proposal. We think itís very good, and we think the Chinese fourth draft is the basis for getting this thing solved, and moving along. You know, the D.P.R.K. has been engaged in nuclear energy now for some 25 years. They have not succeeded in turning it into electricity. They have succeeded in turning it into plutonium metal. I think one should keep that in mind when one talks about further enhancement of their nuclear programs. Thank you very much.

Released on September 15, 2005

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