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USIS Washington File

01 March 2000

Text: State Department March 1 on Upcoming U.S.-North Korea Talks

(Delegations to meet March 7 to finalize preparations) (320)
Delegations from the United States and the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) will meet in New York beginning March 7 to
finalize preparations for a DPRK high-level visit to Washington in
roughly one month, the U.S. Department of State said in a March 1 news
release.
The United States will also hold talks on terrorism issues on the
margins of these discussions with the DPRK, according to the State
Department.
Following is the text of the release:
(begin text)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
March 1, 2000
STATEMENT BY JAMES P. RUBIN, SPOKESMAN
U.S., DPRK to Resume Talks for High-level Visit
Delegations from the United States and the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK), led respectively by Ambassador Charles
Kartman and Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan, will meet in New York
beginning March 7 to finalize preparations for a DPRK high-level visit
to Washington about a month from now.
We will also hold talks on the margins of these discussions with the
DPRK on terrorism issues. Ambassador Michael A. Sheehan, Coordinator
for Counterterrorism, will lead the U.S. side in these talks.
In January, Vice Foreign Minister Kim formally conveyed the acceptance
by his government of a U.S. invitation for a high-level DPRK
delegation to visit Washington, reciprocating the May 1999 visit to
Pyongyang by U.S. Presidential Special Envoy William Perry and State
Department Counselor, Ambassador Wendy Sherman.
The DPRK high-level visit will provide an important opportunity for
serious talks and progress on issues central to peace and stability in
Northeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, including improving
U.S.-DPRK relations.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: usinfo.state.gov)



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