Resumption of Fourth Round of Six-Party Talks: Morning Transit, China World HotelChristopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
September 17, 2005
A/S HILL: Good morning everyone. Sorry I missed you last night. I’m going over to the Embassy for some internal discussions, and then I’ll go out to the Diaoyutai Guest House. As I think you’ve heard elsewhere, the Chinese have given us a text to react to, some ideas to react to. So, we’re looking at those and we’re having some internal discussions. I’ve been talking with people from Washington, so we’ll see where we go. I really can’t give you much more information than that because it’s very much sort of an ongoing issue. I think you saw the D.P.R.K. had a press conference last night. As you see, they continue to have some problems with the whole process, so we’ll have to see. Certainly we’ve had a fairly fast pace in the last 24 hours, and I anticipate that will continue for the next 24 hours. So, we’ll have to see.
QUESTION: Mr. Hill?
A/S HILL: Yes?
QUESTION: How does the amended text alter or change the U.S. position on the peaceful use of nuclear energy?
A/S HILL: I really don’t want to get into the amended text at this point and to the ideas that the Chinese hosts are circulating. Obviously, we have to look at that. We have to look at it from our interests. We are here to ensure that we have a process that very much leads to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. That’s our aim here. We need to address the problem of nuclear weapons. So, we have to look at all texts and all ideas in that light.
QUESTION: Are you going to give them a yes or no answer this afternoon?
A/S HILL: Again, we’re in the process of looking through this and evaluating where we are, so I don’t want to speculate on what we’ll do this afternoon.
QUESTION: Any possibility that you will give modifications to the draft?
A/S HILL: Again, I don’t want to get into hypotheticals of what we’re going to do. We’re, obviously reviewing the situation. We’re reviewing it to measure it against our goal here, which is to make progress on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. That is what we are interested in accomplishing. We think there’s been a very good package on the table, and we believe the D.P.R.K. needs to look very carefully at its interests with a view to taking the package and moving on. So, I’ve got really busy day today, and so I’ll have to leave you right now.
QUESTION: Ambassador Hill, so will the U.S. accept the draft?
A/S HILL: You know, at the risk of repeating myself, we obviously need to evaluate what we have and to continue to consider it against our goals, and our goals are the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Thank you very much.
Released on September 19, 2005