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The White House Briefing Room


August 17, 1998

REMARKS BY MIKE MCCURRY IN PRESS GAGGLE


	     


                           THE WHITE HOUSE

                    Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release                           August 17, 1998     


	     
                      REMARKS BY MIKE MCCURRY 
                          IN PRESS GAGGLE    
	     
	     
                        The Briefing Room    			     


11:48 A.M. EDT
	     
	     
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	     Q	  North Korea nuclear facilities -- any comment?
	     
	     MR. MCCURRY:  Well, predictably, there's not much that I 
can say to comment on intelligence reports that appear in newspapers.  
But I will say the following:  that we believe that the DPRK remains 
in compliance with the agreed framework.  That's the October 1994 
Geneva agreed framework.  And we continue to monitor the situation 
closely.  Under the agreed framework reached between the United 
States and North Korea, North Korea, the DPRK, agreed to freeze and 
eventually dismantle its plutonium production and to eventually 
comply with its obligations under the NPT -- the Nonproliferation 
Treaty.
	     
	     Since 1994, the North's reactor has been shut down, no 
plutonium has been reprocessed, and these facilities are and have 
been open to monitoring by the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy 
Agency.  In return, the United States has agreed to conduct a certain 
program of activity under the agreed framework and we have met our 
obligations.  We think it's important for the North to meet its 
obligations.  Of course, we would be concerned if North Korea tried 
to establish a plutonium production elsewhere.  We will continue to 
monitor North Korean activity closely and will be discussing with our 
allies any changes that we see on the ground.
	     
	     Q	  Mike, have you or other members of the senior staff 
been informed that the President will be abandoning his longstanding 
denials of a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky?
	     
	     MR. MCCURRY:  No.  As I indicated earlier, we have not 
been informed about the substance of his testimony.
 

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