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Morning Walk-Through at Six-Party Talks

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Beijing, China
May 29, 2008

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Good morning. I am on my way to catch a flight to Moscow.

QUESTION: About the technical meeting you mentioned yesterday, is that going to be involving the other four parties?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: No, the technical meeting – we’re going to have a technical meeting concerning some of the things we were just discussing leading up to the declaration and leading up to some of the political steps that we have to take.

QUESTION: Is this a bilateral meeting?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: That would be bilateral, but I think there is also an interest in having a head of delegation meeting soon. I know the Chinese are working to see if that’s possible, and we would support that.

QUESTION: That could be possibly before the declaration?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: There could be a meeting before the (inaudible) -- a Six-Party head of delegation meeting, and the Chinese are working on that.

QUESTION: Is this before the declaration?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Yes, before the declaration.

QUESTION: Concerning the technical meeting, what is the focus of this kind of meeting?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Technical issues.

QUESTION: Right, but will this be about the declaration or about the -- ?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Some of the elements that will surround the declaration. I don’t want to get into the details right now.

QUESTION: Will there be some technical meetings or just one bilateral technical meeting?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: I think we’ll try to make it one technical meeting to deal with some technical subjects.

QUESTION: Will that be in Pyongyang or in Beijing?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: I don’t know yet.

QUESTION: But you said that it would be with -- ?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: It won’t involve me. It will involve people who deal with technical subjects.

QUESTION: Will you be participating in that technical meeting?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: No, I will not.

QUESTION: Do you have a schedule for this meeting?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Not yet, but I think we’ll try to set something up in early June.

QUESTION: Are you still looking at the declaration within the month of June?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Again, I don’t want to give you a timeframe for that. I need to report to Washington and talk to the Secretary.

Okay, see you all later.



Released on May 29, 2008

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