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Six-Party Talks Excerpts

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Beijing, China
December 9, 2008

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ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: We've come here with three goals in mind, to complete verification protocols, very important, it's been waiting six months, we also wanted to complete the schedule of energy and the schedule of disablement, so we anticipate our plan is to get all three done. See you later.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: "We've taken the draft with great seriousness, worked very hard ourselves through the day to make sure it encompasses what we need to do to get on with verification."

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: "I know what we require in order to move forward and we need a verification agreement that is very real, very solid, very clear. We can't have ambiguities, it needs to be clear and we've spent a lot of time explaining that and I think that there is a lot of support for that in the six parties, so let's see, I can't predict the outcome, we are in the middle of this game."



Released on December 9, 2008

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