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USIS Washington File

14 August 1998

TRANSCRIPT: SPECIAL STATE DEPARTMENT BRIEFING AUGUST 13




State Department Deputy Spokesman James Foley briefed.

NORTH KOREA -- Foley announced that US bilateral talks with Democratic
Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) are scheduled for August 21 in New
York.


It will be the latest in a series of similar meetings that have been
held over the past several years with the representatives of North
Korea, according to Foley. The last such meeting was held in March in
Berlin.


"As in previous meetings, the full range of bilateral issues will be
discussed, including implementation of the 1994 US-DPRK agreed
framework to which we remain resolutely committed. But we're hopeful
that in this session and in others that we'll be able to make progress
in the bilateral relationship," Foley said.




Following is the State Department transcript:



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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesman





SPECIAL BRIEFING ON THE RECORD, OFF CAMERA

BY DEPUTY SPOKESMAN JAMES B. FOLEY AND

DIRECTOR OF THE PRESS OFFICE LEE McCLENNY



Washington, D.C. August 13, 1998



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Q: North Korea a North Korean official anonymous was quoted by the
usually reliable North Korean Central News Agency today as threatening
to allow the 1994 nuclear agreement to lapse unless economic sanctions
were lifted. There was also a reference to an upcoming mid-August
meeting with the North Koreans.


FOLEY: Well, we don't acknowledge that the framework agreement is
contingent on extraneous issues. This is an agreement that was entered
into on all sides seriously; it's something that the United States
takes seriously; we take compliance with its terms seriously. The
range of bilateral issues between the United States and North Korea
are a separate matter. It is true, as reported, that US-DPRK bilateral
talks are scheduled for August 21 in New York. A special envoy for the
Korean peace talks, Ambassador Charles Kartman, will head the US side.
The head of the North Korean delegation will be Vice Foreign Minister
Kim Gye Gwan, and this will be the latest in a series of similar
meetings that have been held over the past several years. The last
such meeting was held in March in Berlin.


As in previous meetings, the full range of bilateral issues will be
discussed, including implementation of the 1994 US-DPRK agreed
framework to which we remain resolutely committed. But we're hopeful
that in this session and in others that we'll be able to make progress
in the bilateral relationship.


Q:  Is this your first announcement of this meeting?



FOLEY:  Yes.



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