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Bilateral Press Availability With Director General Akitaka Saiki

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tokyo, Japan
June 19, 2008

[Note: Director-General Saiki spoke in Japanese, and his comments are not included.]
 
ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL:  Well, let me just say that it’s a pleasure to be back here in Tokyo.  It’s a great opportunity to exchange opinions and views on the Six-Party process with my friend and colleague Saiki-san.  So we’re looking forward to having a trilateral.  This is a process that we had in the past, and we recently got it going.  We had a good meeting in Washington a few weeks ago, and looking forward to meeting here in Tokyo.  And as Saiki-san has just said, we have a real active agenda ahead, and we really look forward to getting together in the Six Parties and seeing if we can get through this phase and get on to the next phase and finish this job.  Obviously it’s a difficult task, but I think it will be made easier when the U.S. and Japan can work closely together. Aand that’s what we’re doing today.

QUESTION: Mr. Hill, you did talk with Six-Party nations to go forward to phase three without finalizing phase two, without full accomplishment of disablement?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL:  Why don’t we talk about those issues when we come back from our South Korean colleague.



Released on June 19, 2008

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