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Press Statement by Nicholas Burns/Spokesman
March 3, 1997
Meetings With D.P.R.K. Officials
On March 5 in New York, U.S. and Republic of Korea officials will jointly brief Democratic People's Republic of Korea officials on the U.S.-R.O.K. proposal for Four Party talks. The Four Party proposal was announced by President Clinton and R.O.K. President Kim on April 16, 1996; it calls for direct talks among the R.O.K., D.P.R.K., U.S., and P.R.C. with the aim of achieving lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. At the joint briefing, the U.S. and the R.O.K. will explain in detail the origin and goals of the proposal. The U.S. will be represented at the briefing by Charles Kartman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; the R.O.K. by Deputy Foreign Minister Song Yong-shik; and the D.P.R.K. by Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan.
On March 7, also in New York, U.S. and D.P.R.K. officials will meet to discuss bilateral issues. The U.S. will be represented by Charles Kartman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and the D.P.R.K. by Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan. This is one of the periodic U.S.-D.P.R.K. meetings to discuss bilateral issues, including cooperation in resolving the fate of unaccounted U.S. personnel from the Korean War, preventing missile proliferation, and expanding economic cooperation

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