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

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Beijing, China
September 18, 2005

A/S HILL: Hi, how are you? Well, as you know, weíre in extra time, or extra innings, or overtime, whatever sports metaphor you prefer. Weíre going to go to the Diaoyutai fairly early in the morning. Thereís a plenary session scheduled. I canít say at this point how itís going to end up, whether Iím really optimistic or pessimistic, except to say that I donít think that itís going to go much beyond tomorrow morning. I know that I expect to be leaving tomorrow afternoon. How it turns out, itís hard to say. As IĎve said many times, itís a pretty good package on the table. Obviously, if we get a deal, this is not the end of the road. In many respects itís just the start. But I think itís a good deal for everybody, especially for the DPRK, which does have a long road to travel, but does need to get started on that road. So, weíll have to see tomorrow. Iíll be up early and be packing my bags, and probably see you all for the last time tomorrow. You can all get back and enjoy what left of your holiday. So thank you very much.

QUESTION: Are you any closer to having detail enough to make an agreement, as much details as necessary?

A/S HILL: Well, letís see. What Iíd like to do, depending on what happens tomorrow, is perhaps give you a lot of detail that would be helpful for you to understand what weíve been up to. But, weíre still in a negotiating phase, so I donít really want to do too much of that tonight. I think maybe tomorrow might be a good time to tell you whatís been going on in greater detail.

QUESTION: Did you find enough clarity on the new draft by China today?

A/S HILL: Well, as you know, the draft proposed by China was an effort to bridge remaining differences. Some people call it a fifth draft; some people call it a fourth-and-a-half draft. I think itís really a good effort to try to bridge the remaining differences, which I believe are difficult but certainly not insurmountable. These were differences that I think we should be able to work on. But again, weíll have to wait. Weíll have to see how this looks tomorrow morning.

QUESTION: The U.S. has accepted this draft and it depends on the North Koreans?

A/S HILL: Weíre still in a negotiating phase. I donít want to give you that information at this point, except to say that where we end up after tomorrow, Iíll certainly let you know to the best of my knowledge how it went. I do believe itís a good draft for all concerned, and I think itís especially a really great opportunity for the D.P.R.K.

QUESTION: Since you are leaving tomorrow afternoon, is the draft, sort of a take it or leave it draft?

A/S HILL: Oh, I never use words like that. I havenít heard that term in a long time, and you wonít hear it from me.

QUESTION: Does the new draft include elements of a light water reactor, whether now possibly in the future?

A/S HILL: Well, obviously thatís an issue that has to be addressed. We always felt that the issue of peaceful use was an issue for the endgame. But again, I realize I am profoundly disappointing you, but I really donít want to get into details at this point. Tomorrow morning would be a better time to do that.

QUESTION: Have you booked a flight yet tomorrow afternoon?

A/S HILL: If I had, I wouldnít tell you. But, yes, I hope to get back to the States. I have a lot of work to do back there. So thank you all and maybe weíllÖ

QUESTION: [inaudible] can we check with you tomorrow?

A/S HILL: Boy, I hope so. I think the agreement makes a lot of sense. So, I hope the logic of the moment would carry us to an agreement.

QUESTION: If there is no agreement, will you guys take another recess?

A/S HILL: I donít know. Iím kind of tired of recess. Iíd sort of like to get on with this. I donít want to talk about recesses.

QUESTION: So youíre saying that you will leave regardless of if you have agreement or no agreement tomorrow afternoon?

A/S HILL: Well, I just feel that weíre getting to the point where everyone knows each otherís positions. Everyone knows the agreement. Everyone can almost recite it from memory at this point. Iím not sure we have to do too much talking. I think itís time to put the cards on the table and see where we are.

QUESTION: Mr. Ambassador, you say that itís Ė you believe itís a good draft, so that means you are satisfied with the draft paper right now?

A/S HILL: Well, donít read too much into that. You know, anytime youíve had a negotiation go this long youíve seen a lot of drafts. Youíve seen some things go your way; some things go the other way. What youíve got to do Ė itís very important not to get too caught up in the moment -- is stand back and see where you are. So, I think itís a good draft, but I hope we can all find our way to accepting it. We have to see tomorrow morning.

QUESTION: Are you still waiting for some response? Are you still working on the draft text?

A/S HILL: Thereís still a negotiation going on. I just donít want to get into details. Look, Iím not a very patient person, but I think we all have to be a little patient and wait for tomorrow morning.

QUESTION: So if you say, again, youíre not going to take a recess again, what does that mean about the future of the six party process?

A/S HILL: Weíll, letís review that tomorrow. Good question. Thank youÖ

QUESTION: What time will you be leaving here tomorrow morning?

A/S HILL: Let me see. What time am I leaving here in the morning? Anybody know that answer to that? 7:45? 7:45.

QUESTION: You will be here, or will leave here? SevenÖ?

A/S HILL: Forty-five. Iíll be leaving around that time. Give me a couple minutes. Sometimes I run a little late, but Iíll be leaving about that time.

QUESTION: Could you say something about the D.P.R.K.ís response or comments on the new package?

A/S HILL: Iím not the D.P.R.K.ís spokesman. You should ask them.

QUESTION: They never talk to us!

A/S HILL: They never talk to you? Iím shocked.

QUESTION: We never have chance to ask them about it.

A/S HILL: Oh, thatís so sad. Iíll tell you what. Let me ask them tomorrow morning and maybe I can make some comments on their behalf. Thank you very much.

QUESTION: So would you give a briefing tomorrow afternoon before you get on the plane?

A/S HILL: Yes, depending on where we are in the morning. All things being equal, I will try to do that. Absolutely. OK? And Iíll try to even say more than tonight. OK. See you later.

Released on September 19, 2005

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