News

21 November 1997

TEXT: CLINTON STATEMENT ON FOUR-PARTY TALKS ON KOREAN PENINSULA

(Plenary talks are set to begin in Geneva on December 9) (260)



Washington -- President Clinton says he is pleased with "the agreement
reached today in New York to begin plenary talks on December 9 in
Geneva to achieve a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula...."


"There is a lot of hard work ahead," the President said. "But this is
an important first step and the United States is prepared to be a full
partner in helping the Korean people build a future of peace."


Following is the White House text:



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THE WHITE HOUSE



Office of the Press Secretary



November 21, 1997



STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT



Four-Party Plenary Scheduled for December 9



I am pleased with the agreement reached today in New York to begin
plenary talks on December 9 in Geneva to achieve a lasting peace on
the Korean Peninsula. It carries forward the Four-Party peace
initiative President Kim Young Sam and I launched in April 1996. In
Geneva, the four parties -- the United States, the Republic of Korea,
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and the People's Republic
of China -- will together discuss how we can secure a stable and
permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. There is a lot of hard work
ahead. But this is an important first step and the United States is
prepared to be a full partner in helping the Korean people build a
future of peace.


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