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Press Statement by James P. Rubin, Spokesman
November 18, 1998

Talks With DPRK on Suspect Underground Construction
A U.S. delegation led by U.S. Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks, Ambassador Charles Kartman, met in Pyongyang November 16 through 18 with DPRK officials to discuss serious U.S. concerns about suspect underground construction in North Korea. The DPRK delegation was headed by Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan.
During the two days of intensive discussions, the U.S. laid out our serious concerns about construction activities in Kumchangni, North Korea and reasserted the need for access to the site and other steps necessary to resolve our concerns. Although we worked to resolve our concerns, we were not satisfied with the response we received.
We agreed to meet again as soon as possible. We will settle the details, including venue, through the New York channel.
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