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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
March 5, 1997

PRESS BRIEFING BY MIKE MCCURRY
The Briefing Room
1:38 P.M. EST

Q: Mike, is the President following today's talks with North Korea in New York, and is he optimistic that the North Koreans will sign on to the four-way talks proposal he issued with Kim Yong-Sam a year ago?

A: Well, first things first; that's not the purpose of today's briefing. The purpose of the briefing and the very important meeting occurring today is so that all sides understand the proposal that has been made by the United States for four-party talks. That could, we hope, lead to eventual discussions of that nature, but that's not the agenda for today. The agenda for today is a briefing; it is important.

It is, obviously, an attempt by the United States and other governments to work together with both sides to bring about a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, which is in the interest of the international community and we believe in the interest of all Korean people.