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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 17, 2005

A/S HILL: Good morning everyone. Sorry I missed you last night. Iím going over to the Embassy for some internal discussions, and then Iíll go out to the Diaoyutai Guest House. As I think youíve heard elsewhere, the Chinese have given us a text to react to, some ideas to react to. So, weíre looking at those and weíre having some internal discussions. Iíve been talking with people from Washington, so weíll see where we go. I really canít give you much more information than that because itís 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 weíll have to see. Certainly weíve had a fairly fast pace in the last 24 hours, and I anticipate that will continue for the next 24 hours. So, weíll have to see.


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 donít 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. Thatís 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, weíre in the process of looking through this and evaluating where we are, so I donít want to speculate on what weíll do this afternoon.

QUESTION: Any possibility that you will give modifications to the draft?

A/S HILL: Again, I donít want to get into hypotheticals of what weíre going to do. Weíre, obviously reviewing the situation. Weíre 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 thereís 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, Iíve got really busy day today, and so Iíll 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

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