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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on Summit Meeting Between South Korea and North Korea
Washington, D.C., April 10, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I warmly welcome the announcement that the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will hold a summit June 12-14. I called ROK Foreign Minister Lee Joung Binn early this morning to convey our strong support for this meeting, which will be a history-making event.

Direct dialogue between the South and the North is central to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. President Kim Dae-jung's leadership and encouragement -- for engagement, for U.S.-DPRK dialogue, Japan-DPRK dialogue, and dialogue between the DPRK and other nations -- opened the door for this important step.

The United States has long worked in support of achieving such dialogues, which are envisioned as part of the process outlined by Dr. Perry. The U.S., the ROK, and Japan have consulted closely together to achieve a coordinated policy pursuing our common concerns regarding weapons of mass destruction and missiles.

We look forward to continuing close consultation and coordination with our ROK and Japanese allies.

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