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Press Statement by James P. Rubin, Spokesman
November 12, 1998

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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