Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

USIS Washington File

16 March 2000

Text: U.S. State Department Statement on U.S.-DPRK Bilateral Talks

(Further talks for a high-level visit scheduled)  (280)
The U.S. Department of State released a statement March 15 announcing
that the United States and North Korea had concluded bilateral talks
held in New York with both sides agreeing to schedule further talks on
the following topics: preparations for a high-level visit; U.S.
concerns on North Korea's missile program; and Agreed Framework
implementation.
According to the press release, North Korea also reconfirmed its
consent to another U.S. visit to an underground North Korean facility
which the U.S. suspects might be used for plutonium production.
Following is the text:
(begin text)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
March 15, 2000
STATEMENT BY JAMES P. RUBIN, SPOKESMAN
U.S.-DPRK BILATERAL TALKS ADJOURN
A DPRK delegation led by Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan and a U.S.
delegation led by Ambassador Charles Kartman met in New York from
March 7-15. The two sides held talks on issues of common concern,
including a visit by a high-level DPRK official to Washington, in a
constructive, businesslike atmosphere.
At the talks, the two sides agreed to schedule further talks on
preparation for a high-level visit through the New York channel. The
two sides also agreed to schedule talks related to US concerns on the
DPRK's missile program and talks on Agreed Framework implementation.
Dates and venues for these talks are being arranged through the New
York channel. Finally, the DPRK reconfirmed its agreement for another
U.S. visit to Kumchang-ni.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: usinfo.state.gov)



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