World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Albright to Meet North Korean Foreign Minister


26 July 2000

Transcript: Albright to Meet with North Korean Foreign Minister

Spokesman announces highest level U.S.-DPRK meeting ever

Secretary of State Madeline Albright will meet with North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun in Bangkok, Thailand July 28, the State Department announced.

The meeting will be the highest level meeting ever between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Spokesman Richard Boucher said in a July 26 press briefing in Honolulu, Hawaii.

"It is an introductory meeting but also a historic one, and a chance to discuss the issues in our bilateral relationship as it is evolving," Boucher told reporters en route to Bangkok.

Following is a transcript of the briefing:

(begin transcript)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman (Honolulu, Hawaii)

July 26, 2000

Press Briefing by Richard Boucher, Spokesman Honolulu, Hawaii en route Bangkok, Thailand

MR. BOUCHER: Secretary Albright will meet with North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun in Bangkok on Friday afternoon. This is the first meeting at the ministerial level with North Korea. This is an introductory meeting but nonetheless a historic one. She looks forward to discussing bilateral relations and the progress being made on issues of concern to the United States.

Q: This will be the highest level meeting ever right between the U.S. and North Korea?

MR. BOUCHER: Yes.

Q: Who requested this or how did it come about?

MR. BOUCHER: The meeting has been under discussion for some time. Last week in Berlin, Ambassador Charles Kartman had a meeting with his North Korean counterpart where they discussed the broad agenda between the United States and North Korea including bilateral relations and they, in that context, made preparations for this meeting.

Q: Is this going to be the event where she gets a sense of the North's offer to Putin last week about missiles?

MR. BOUCHER: I would expect the subject of missiles and their statements to the Russians to be raised. We'll see afterwards what kind of sense we get of detail.

Q: What would you like to see come out of the meeting?

MR. BOUCHER: I think we'll leave that until it happens. That's about all we have. Let me put it this way, we're not looking for any major announcements out of the meeting. It is an introductory meeting but also a historic one, and a chance to discuss the issues in our bilateral relationship as it is evolving.

Q: Logistically, the venue?

MR. BOUCHER: At the hotel.

Q: On the sidelines of the ARF?

MR. BOUCHER: Yes. The North Koreans are attending the ASEAN meetings and the Secretary is arriving for the closing part of those meetings.

Q: Is this in any sense (inaudible) the visit of a North Korean delegation to the United States?

MR. BOUCHER: The high level visit is still one of the subjects that's being discussed.

(end transcript)


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>

ALSO:

For NZ, It Was May 6: Earth Overshoot Day 2019 Is The Earliest Ever

Humanity is currently using nature 1.75 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. This is akin to using 1.75 Earths... More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: More Manus Refugees Fly To US But Hundreds Still In Limbo

“The US deal was never going to provide enough places for the refugees Australia has held on Manus and Nauru. There are over 1800 refugees needing resettlement,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. More>>

ALSO: