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James P. Rubin, Department Spokesman
Excerpt from daily press briefing
Washington, DC, March 2, 1998
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QUESTION: Still on Korea?

MR. RUBIN: Yes.

QUESTION: Where do we stand with the negotiations that were begun in December?

MR. RUBIN: We are planning to have meetings in Geneva -- on March 14, preliminary meetings; March 16, the plenary meetings -- to consult the preliminary meetings in advance of the four-party talks -- that's North Korea, the United States, China and South Korea -- to hopefully develop ways to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula and replace the armistice with a permanent peace treaty. That process is ongoing. We continue to, obviously, talk to the North Koreans through the mechanism of the UN mission of North Korea, and that process continues. And now with the election and ascension of President Kim Dae Jung, perhaps it can move a little more quickly.

Link to complete March 2, 1998 daily press briefing.

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