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Remarks Before Start of Six-Party Talks

Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Morning Transit - Traders Hotel
Beijing, China
November 9, 2005

Assistant Secretary Hill: I’ll see you all later to tell you how we weathered the first day. We’ll be meeting with the Chinese delegation this morning, and the talks begin at ten o’clock. We anticipate this going a few days, and we’ll see how we do. We want to make sure that we can move from where we were in September and begin to discuss how we might implement the statement of principles.

Question: Do you feel that President Hu’s recent trip Pyongyang has brought progress to the sequencing of events that you desire?

Assistant Secretary Hill: I look forward to hearing directly from the Chinese delegation on how they assess the visit to Pyongyang. We’ve had some read outs on it, and I’ll look forward to hearing how they assess it in terms of the Six Party Talks.

Question: Do you plan to meet with North Korea in bilateral meeting this morning?

Assistant Secretary Hill: Yes, I think we’ll meet with everybody bilaterally today.

Question: Including North Koreans?

Assistant Secretary Hill: Including North Koreans, yes.

Question: What if the North Koreans demand the light water reactor…?

Assistant Secretary Hill: Well, I don’t have a lot new to tell them on the light water reactor, I mean, it is what it is. Its very clear in the agreement what they need to do, our delegation made it very clear that first they’ve got to disarm, create a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and once they are back in the NPT with IAEA safeguards at an appropriate time we will have a discussion about the subject of the provision of a light water reactor.

Question: HEU is on your agenda?

Assistant Secretary Hill: HEU is one of the nuclear programs that does have to be addressed, and it needs to be addressed to everyone’s satisfaction.

Thank you very much.

Released on November 10, 2005

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