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Six-Party Talks Stalemate

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Excerpts from the Six-Party Talks
Beijing, China
December 10, 2008

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ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL:  I think I told you this was going to be a difficult round and I hate to be proved correct but indeed it's a tough, long day today. We tried to discuss the Chinese draft and we had some real difficulties getting consensus on moving forward there.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL:  I think among most of the delegations there was a consensus on how to go forward, that consensus was not shared by the DPRK.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL:  In terms of coming up with a verification agreement, we don't seem to be narrowing the differences.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL:  I just want to emphasise we're not doing anything unusual and I must say my Russian colleague was quite eloquent on this point today, pointing out to the DPRK that DPRK is not being treated badly or being treated as some kind of defeated state in any regard, it's simply international processes that we are looking to see upheld.



Released on December 10, 2008

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