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Assistant Secretary Hill: Travel to South Korea, Japan and China

Japans chief negotiator Kenichiro Sasae, left, South Koreas envoy Chun Yung-woo, second from left, North Koreas Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, third from left, Chinas envoy Wu Dawei, center, U.S. envoy Christopher Hill, second from right, and Russias Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov hold hands before the closing ceremony of the six-party talks on North Koreas nuclear program February 13, 2007, in Beijing, China. [ AP Images]
Six-Party Talks in Beijing, China

Assistant Secretary Hill (Feb. 13): " ...we have an agreement on the text and we’ve publicized the text, and I can describe some of the aspects of it. But we’re trying to do more than just denuclearization for energy, something like that. We’re trying to address some of the underlying problems in the region, which goes to some of the questions of why there are tensions in the Korean Peninsula in the first place. We’d like to address some of the bilateral problems. So, the agreement really offers a framework for proceeding with that. ." Full Text 

North Korea Agrees to Nuclear Disarmament
President Bush (Feb. 13):
"I am pleased with the agreements reached today at the Six Party Talks in Beijing. These talks represent the best opportunity to use diplomacy to address North Korea's nuclear programs. They reflect the common commitment of the participants to a Korean Peninsula that is free of nuclear weapons." Full Text

Secretary Rice (Feb. 13): "The six-party agreement reached in Beijing is an important initial step toward the goals of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula and a more stable and secure Northeast Asia. This breakthrough step was the result of patient, creative and tough diplomacy. This is a multilateral agreement. All of the major players in the region now share a stake in its outcome as well as a demand for results and accountability. All six parties are the guarantors of this agreement and there is great interest in the rest of the region to see that it is fully implemented." full text

Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill traveled to Asia and including stops in Seoul, South Korea on February 3rd, Tokyo, Japan on February 5th, and Beijing, China on February 7th.  In Seoul, he had meetings with senior Korean officials and discuss the bilateral U.S.-Korean relationship and  coordinating the their position on the six-party talks. In Tokyo he also coordinated on the Six-Party Talks and met his counterpart, Kenichiro Sasae. The Six-Party Talks in Beijing began on Thursday, February 8th and finished on Tuesday, February 13th.

Remarks by Assistant Secretary Hill
--02/13/07  Interview on CNN‘s American Morning
--02/13/07  Interview With CNN International 
--02/13/07  Evening Walkthrough With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/13/07  Morning Walk-Through With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/13/07  Early Morning Walk-Through With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/12/07  Morning Walkthrough With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/11/07  Evening Walkthrough With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/11/07  Afternoon Walkthrough With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/11/07  Morning Walkthrough With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/10/07  Evening Walkthrough With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/10/07  Morning Walkthrough With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/09/07  Evening Walkthrough With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/09/07  Remarks Following Lunch With Kim Kye Gwan
--02/09/07  Morning Walkthrough With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/08/07  Evening Walkthrough With Reporters at the Six-Party Talks
--02/08/07  Morning Walkthrough Prior to the Six-Party Talks
--02/07/07  Evening Walkthrough Prior to to the Six-Party Talks
--02/07/07  Remarks at Beijing Capital International Airport
--02/07/07  Comments to Reporters Upon Departure at Narita Airport;
--02/07/07  Comments to Reporters Upon Leaving Okura Hotel
--02/06/07  Roundtable with Journalists in Tokyo
--02/06/07  Interview with NHK
--02/06/07  Press Availability With Director-General Kenichiro Sasae
--02/06/07  Press Availability With LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Shoichi Nakagawa
--02/06/07  Remarks to Journalists after Meeting with Foreign Minister Aso
--02/06/07  Remarks to Reporters at Okura Hotel
--02/06/07  Speaking to Reporters at Prime Minister’s Official Residence
--02/05/07  Comments to Reporters Upon Leaving Okura Hotel for Embassy
--02/05/07  Comments to Reporters upon Arrival at Okura Hotel
--02/05/07  Comments to Reporters Upon Arrival at Haneda Airport
--02/05/07  Remarks at Departure to Tokyo
--02/05/07  Interview With KBS TV
--02/05/07  Interview With Fuji TV After Breakfast
--02/04/07  Interview With Fuji TV Before Breakfast
--02/04/07  Remarks at Dinner Hosted by Vice Foreign Minister Chun Young-woo
--02/03/07  Remarks Outside of the Korea Society 50th Anniversary Celebration
--02/03/07  Arrival at Incheon Airport, Korea
--02/01/07  Briefing on Upcoming Trip to the Region and the Six-Party Talks in Beijing

Other Releases
--02/13/07  Fact Sheet: Initial Actions To Implement Six-Party Joint Statement
--02/13/07  Secretary Rice's Briefing on the Agreement Reached at the Six Party Talks
--02/13/07  North Korea - Denuclearization
--02/13/07  Statement by President Bush on Six Party Talks


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