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Resumption of Fourth Round of Six-Party Talks: Midday Transit South Beauty Restaurant

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Beijing, China
September 16, 2005

A/S Hill:  Well, we just had a good meeting with our Republic of Korea colleague, Song Min-soon, and we were staying behind just to have some little extra conversation but we've got to get back out to the site.  The negotiating process is still going on. We had some good discussions this morning with the Chinese.  Also, there were some good discussions with the DPRK delegation, but at this point I don't know where those will lead, and so we're going back right now to have an afternoon session, which will be chaired by the Chinese hosts.  We will have a better idea after we have that meeting where the state of the six party talks are.


Ambassador Sasae (of Japan):  Well, I think we had good discussions about the assessment of the situation. And last night, I think we are totally deadlocked, but today I think there was some discussion to be initiated, to try to work out something better.  But we are still, for the moment, trying to work the finalized text, and we hope that we can reach agreement.


QUESTION:  What's the major difference between yesterday and today?


A/S Hill:  Well, both of us had discussions with the Chinese hosts.  The Chinese hosts tried to put forward some ideas.  We gather the Chinese had had some lengthy discussions with the D.P.R.K.  I also saw the head of the D.P.R.K. delegation very briefly.  So, I would say the discussions are ongoing, but we'll know better later on whether we've really made any progress.  These are just some general ideas at this point.  We have to see later in the day where we really are.


QUESTION:  Have you found any room for compromise?  Have you found any indications of compromise?


A/S Hill:  Well, I think it's really too early to speculate on that.  I always try to maintain the same tone here, don't get too optimistic or too pessimistic.  As you know, these are pretty tough negotiations.  There are some real, very difficult problems among the parties.  We have to see by the end of the day where we are.  I'd say we're still in business here.


QUESTION:  (Japanese)


Ambassador Sasae:  (Japanese)


QUESTION:  The meetings with the D.P.R.K., were they set this morning?  Were they an approach from the United States or an approach from the D.P.R.K.?


A/S Hill:  The head of the D.P.R.K. delegation asked to see me for a few minutes, so I went over and had a discussion with him.  It must have been about fifteen or twenty minutes thereabouts.  It was not a meeting with the delegation, nor, I should say, was it a negotiation.  He was essentially telling me about his conversation from the Chinese.  I had already talked to the Chinese, so I had some idea of what was being discussed, and I asked if I could get some more information about that.  We'll get a better understanding of it this afternoon.


QUESTION:  Is Japan also going to meet D.P.R.K. today?


Ambassador Sasae:  I don't know.  I had a brief conversation with Mr. Kim Gye-gwan this morning on this issue.  And if there is a chance we will continue to discuss.


A/S Hill:  OK, talk to you later.

Released on September 16, 2005

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