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Remarks upon Departure

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Narita Airport
Tokyo, Japan
June 20, 2008

QUESTION: [inaudible] the Six-Party Talks will be held in early July?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Well, again, Secretary Rice said “soon.” I think soon means soon. Obviously we’re going to talk to the Chinese and see what plans they have. They’re the host. They need to try to get all the participants together. Obviously we would like it to happen soon. So we’re going to work on that.

We had some great consultations with our Japanese friends here. I met with Foreign Minister Koumura and had a very good discussion. So I look forward to getting to Beijing and seeing how the Chinese are getting set for the next round.

QUESTION: Today Ms. Condoleezza Rice announced her Asian trip. Do you expect North Korea’s declaration, program --

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Again, she said “soon,” and I think we’ll just stay with that. But, obviously, when she comes she will have the opportunity to consult very closely with the Japanese, and she’ll also be doing that with the ROK and the Chinese. So we’ll see.


Released on June 19, 2008

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