U.S. Department of State
Statement by Robert J. Einhorn
U.S.-D.P.R.K. Conclude Three Days of Missile Talks
Delegations of the United States and North Korea concluded three days of missile talks today. The talks followed the discussions on missile issues held between Secretary of State Albright and D.P.R.K. leader Chairman Kim Jong-Il during the Secretary's visit to Pyongyang October 23-24. The discussions this week in Kuala Lumpur sought to further clarify areas explored in Pyongyang. The talks were detailed, constructive, and very substantive. They covered the full range of missile issues under consideration by the two countries, including North Korea's missile-related exports and its indigenous missile programs. The delegations also explored in depth the idea of exchanging launches of DPRK satellites for serious missile restraint by the D.P.R.K. The delegations further clarified their respective positions on the full range of missile issues and continued to expand areas of common ground, although significant issues remain to be explored and resolved. The U.S. delegation will now report to authorities in Washington who will consider next steps.
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