U.S. Department of State
Other State Department Archive SitesU.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
The State Department web site below is a permanent electronic archive of information released online from January 1, 1997 to January 20, 2001. Please see www.state.gov for current material from the Department of State. Or visit http://2001-2009.state.gov for information from that period. Archive sites are not updated, so external links may no longer function. Contact us with any questions about finding information. NOTE: External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views contained therein.
U.S. Department of State

Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Press Briefing on plane en route Washington, D.C. from Seoul, Republic of Korea
October 26, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
Blue Line

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Kim Jong Il said I hope you'll figure out a way to send us some English teachers and if they're Korean-American, that's fine. And I think that's a very important step in terms of understanding that he needs English and that he's willing to have some Korean-Americans come to do that.

But what is interesting here is that, from my own perspective, I'd say that the differences between East and West Berlin were much less than between Pyongyang and Seoul and they've got a long -- this is a very complicated story. The Germans as they unified, you know the Germans had never fought each other.

As we changed our relationship with the Soviet Union, the truth is we'd never gone to war with the Soviet Union -- a hot war. People did not die as a result of physical fighting between us and the Soviet Union. And the Germans hadn't fought each other. So this is a very different issue and I think it's going to be a very interesting unfolding story.

You never know in any country whether you're actually going to see who they say you're going to see. So not only did I see him but I saw him at great length; much longer than I think either of us expected.

QUESTION: Did you feel like Nixon in China?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: No, I never feel like Nixon, anywhere.

Kim Dae Jung is a remarkable human being who had a vision and who has pursued it in a systematic way and has allowed the rest of us to build on what he has done. I said to Kim Dae Jung -- very rarely do you actually have a chance to say something like this that's usually in some speech -- but to say to somebody that I stood on the shoulders of a giant in order to be able to have the discussion with Kim Jong Il. It's his doing and he should have the credit and we can build on what he's done. The Trilateral aspect of this is very important and all of us have to do things in parallel.

Did I touch every subject? I probably touched on it. Did I clarify every subject? No. This was the first meeting that has ever taken place. I think we did a lot of business. A lot more than I thought we would do. I never expected to sign anything out of here. I never expected to walk out with any specific thing. And I actually got more than I thought which is the fact that we spoke longer about more subjects in more depth and these Einhorn talks are -- positive factor.

[End of Document]
Blue Line

Secretary's Home Page | State Department Home Page