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Press Availability at Hotel Okura After Dinner

Press Availability at Hotel Okura After Dinner

Christopher R. Hill , Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Tokyo, Japan
September 4, 2006


Tokyo, Japan September 4, 2006

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE HILL: Well, we had a good discussion about Asia issues, starting, of course, with the North Korea situation. We talked about the way forward, the fact that the diplomatic route remains open as far as we're concerned. But we also discussed the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1695. We discussed some regional issues in Northeast Asia. We discussed the situation in China, the situation more generally in Northeast Asia. And then, we had a discussion of Asian architecture questions: ASEAN, ASEAN+3, ASEAN+6, East Asia Summit, APEC. And we also discussed the Burma situation. So it was a real tour d'horizon around Asia.

QUESTION: Did you talk especially about North Korea?

A/S HILL: Of course. That was the first issue we discussed. We wanted to sort of look at where we are with the diplomatic process, but also make sure that the UN Security Council Resolution 1695 is properly implemented. So I thank you very much, and I'm going to get some sleep now.

QUESTION: Do you have another appointment today?

A/S HILL: No, just to go to bed.

Released on September 7, 2006

ENDS


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