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Remarks After Interview With Univision Network

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Washington, DC
August 13, 2003

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary.

SECRETARY POWELL: Hey, how are you?

QUESTION: I'm excellent. How are you? Do you have anything else on the Lockerbie settlement yet?

SECRETARY POWELL: I have run into a problem. I can't talk in the hallway anymore because some of your colleagues get mad when I talk in the hallway. Look at them.

PRESS MEMBERS: We're not going to be mad.

SECRETARY POWELL: Like moths to a flame.

(Laughter.)

QUESTION: Comparing us with insects, eh?

SECRETARY POWELL: You thought you'd caught me the other day. You really thought you'd caught me.

QUESTION: What? With the softball?

SECRETARY POWELL: With the softball.

QUESTION: Well, I thought you would be proud of it. You were.

SECRETARY POWELL: I was.

QUESTION: I understand that Pierre Prosper was the star player. Were you actually there?

SECRETARY POWELL: No. Pierre Prosper was the star player and we just got an award for Small Business Administration's Award of the Year. See?

QUESTION: Did you get that last year?

QUESTION: Come on. That's page one.

QUESTION: I understand you didn't play the Pentagon.

QUESTION: They didn't make the playoffs, apparently.

QUESTION: -- Prosper; also Chris Keppler is a star of softball.

QUESTION: On a lesser note, the talks going on here now -- you've said things about the --

SECRETARY POWELL: There are talks going on with Korea.

QUESTION: On Korea.

SECRETARY POWELL: TCOG?

QUESTION: Yeah, you've said things about, you know, maybe it could be put in writing, but we have no intention of that. What about economic overtures or concessions? Are they under discussion?

SECRETARY POWELL: We, as you will recall, last year and previously have said we are looking for a different relationship with North Korea. The President has said many times that he is concerned about the welfare of the North Korean people.

QUESTION: Right.

SECRETARY POWELL: I don't do dodges.

QUESTION: We're not doing dodges?

SECRETARY POWELL: I don't do dodges.

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: Can you imagine offering any kind of incentives like (inaudible) out of Lockerbie? Were you there?

QUESTION: Oh yeah. Lockerbie's been getting calls, the families are being called (inaudible) noon, Friday.

QUESTION: Noon on Friday?

SECRETARY POWELL: Watch this space.

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: This one, right here?

(Laughter.)

QUESTION: If it's a victory, it'll probably come from the White House.

SECRETARY POWELL: Have a great vacation.


Released on August 13, 2003

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