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Moving the Six-Party Process Forward

Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs
Japanese Director General of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Ocean Affairs Bureau Akitaka Saiki and Republic of South Korea Six-Party Envoy Kim Sook
Excerpts from Camera Spray
Washington, DC
May 19, 2008

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QUESTION: Secretary Hill, if the North Koreans were miraculously to produce their declaration tomorrow, have you done all the things you need to do to be able to act on the American side on the state sponsors list and the TWEA, the Trading With the Enemy Act?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Well, again, what we’re doing here is to, first of all, get together with our two allies, our counterparts from – from Japan and the Republic of Korea. And we’re really stepping up our cooperation not only bilaterally, but trilaterally. So we have a lot to – a lot to discuss here. And we’ll work out a work plan ahead.

QUESTION: Any new information on when you expect the declaration?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Nothing new.

QUESTION: How’s the translation of the documents going? Have you been able to translate and see some of the documents?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: We *had a report* on where we stand with that. So it’s moving ahead, but it’s a lot of work.

QUESTION: Ambassador, will you be able to satisfy your counterparts today that you’re doing enough coordination, keeping them in the loop?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: You’ll have to ask them if I can satisfy them. (Laughter.)

MR. SOOK: Well, so far, I’m satisfied. (Laughter.) I’m looking forward to having a more constructive and more detailed discussion among Korea, U.S., and Japan. I’m very much satisfied with the Japanese.

MR. SAIKI: This is a good sign. (Inaudible.)



Released on May 20, 2008

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