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12 November 1998

TEXT: STATE DEPT. 11/12 ON NEW NORTH KOREA POLICY COORDINATOR

(Clinton names former Secretary of Defense William Perry)  (260)



Washington -- President Clinton has named former Secretary of Defense
William Perry to be the Administration's North Korea Policy
Coordinator, the Department of State said in a November 12 press
release.


Following is the text of the release:



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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesman



November 12, 1998



STATEMENT BY JAMES P. RUBIN, SPOKESMAN



DR. WILLIAM PERRY NAMED

NORTH KOREA POLICY COORDINATOR



Dr. William Perry, former Secretary of Defense, has been named by
President Clinton as the Administration's North Korea Policy
Coordinator. Dr. Perry will take up his duties immediately pursuant to
section 582 (e) of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental
Act.


As North Korea Policy Coordinator, Dr. Perry will participate in a
full and complete interagency review of U.S. policy and objectives
toward North Korea. He will be joined in this review by the Counselor
of the Department of State, Ambassador Wendy Sherman. Officials of
other U.S. agencies will also contribute to the review. As Dr. Perry
undertakes his role, he will consult with U.S. allies, notably the
Republic of Korea and Japan and with other interested governments such
as the People's Republic of China.


U.S. Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks Charles Kartman will
continue to represent the United States in nuclear talks with the
DPRK, as well as in the Four Party process.


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