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Foreign Ministry spokesman on postponement of hearing "joint briefing" in New York

PYONGYANG, JANUARY 29 (KCNA) -- A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA (DPRK) ANSWERED A QUESTION PUT BY KCNA TODAY CONCERNING THE POSTPONEMENT OF HEARING A "JOINT BRIEFING" ON THE PROPOSED "FOUR-WAY TALKS." HE TOLD KCNA: UNDER AN AGREEMENT AT THE DPRK-U.S. TALKS IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR, IT WAS PLANNED THAT THE UNITED STATES AND SOUTH KOREA WOULD GIVE A "JOINT BRIEFING" ON THE "FOUR-WAY TALKS" IN NEW YORK ON JAN. 29 BEFORE THE DPRK AND THE UNITED STATES WOULD HOLD HIGH-LEVEL TALKS. AND THE UNITED STATES WAS TO SUPPLY FOOD TO THE DPRK IN THE FORM OF BARTER TRADE BEFORE THE "JOINT BRIEFING." IN THE COURSE OF SIMULTANEOUS ACTION PURSUANT TO THIS AGREEMENT, IT HAPPENED THAT THE DPRK AND THE UNITED STATES HAD TO COORDINATE THEIR POSITIONS. AS A RESULT, WE COULD NOT BUT POSTPONE HEARING THE "JOINT BRIEFING." IN LINE WITH COMPREHENSIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW YORK AGREEMENT OF DECEMBER LAST YEAR, WE WILL RESET THE TIME FOR HEARING THE "JOINT BRIEFING" THROUGH CONSULTATION WITH THE U.S. SIDE IN THAT CONTEXT.