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03 July 2000

Text: U.S., ROK, Japan June 30 Joint Statement on North Korea

(Trilateral coordination and oversight meeting concludes) (780)
The United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Japan concluded
the Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group Meeting in Honolulu,
Hawaii, June 30 by jointly releasing a statement in which the three
countries:
-- welcomed of the recent agreement between the United States and
North Korea on plans for future Joint Recovery Operations to help
provide for the full accounting of American service personnel lost or
missing from the Korean War;
-- welcomed of the announcement of U.S.-North Korea missile
negotiations to be held July 10-12 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
-- expressed great satisfaction with the historic summit meeting
between South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean Chairman
Kim Jong Il, held June 13-15 in Pyongyang;
-- strongly endorsed the Joint Declaration issued by the two Korean
leaders;
-- warmly received the news of an agreement reached between the Red
Cross of South Korea and North Korea to reunite separated families and
their hope for faithful implementation of these accords;
-- called for the establishment of a process of regular dialogue
between the South and North Korean governments;
-- expressed hope that the next round of Japan-North Korea
normalization talks would be held at an early date and support for
increased North Korean engagement with other countries;
-- anticipated prospective North Korean participation in the ASEAN
Regional Forum; and
-- reaffirmed commitment to implementation of the 1994 Agreed
Framework, and continuing commitment to consult closely and to
coordinate their respective policies toward North Korea.
The U.S., ROK, and Japanese delegations participating in the
Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group Meeting were headed
respectively by: U.S. Department of State Counselor Wendy Sherman,
Republic of Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy
Minister Jang Jai-ryong, and Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Deputy Vice Minister for Foreign Policy Yukio Takeuchi.
Following is the text of the statement:
(begin text)
U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
Press Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman
June 30, 2000
Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group Meeting
The following statement was released jointly by the United States, the
Republic of Korea, and Japan at the conclusion of their Trilateral
Coordination and Oversight Group Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June
30, 2000.
The delegations of the United States, Republic of Korea and Japan,
headed respectively by U.S. Department of State Counselor Ambassador
Wendy Sherman, Republic of Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Deputy Minister Jang Jai-ryong, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Deputy Vice Minister for Foreign Policy Yukio Takeuchi, held a
Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) meeting in
Honolulu, Hawaii on June 29-30, 2000.
The three delegations reviewed the situation on the Korean Peninsula
and the status of their bilateral relations with the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea.
The delegations expressed their great satisfaction with the historic
summit meeting between ROK President Kim Dae-jung and DPRK Chairman
Kim Jong Il, held June 13-15 in Pyongyang. The delegations strongly
endorsed the Joint Declaration issued by the two Korean leaders and
called for active implementation of its five points at the earliest
possible date. They warmly greeted today's agreement between the Red
Cross of the ROK and DPRK to reunite separated families and expressed
the hope for faithful implementation of these accords. They also
called for the establishment of a process of regular dialogue between
the ROK and the DPRK governments, since such dialogue remains central
to peace and stability on the Peninsula.
The delegations welcomed the recent agreement between the U.S. and the
DPRK on plans for future Joint Recovery Operations to help provide for
the full accounting of American service personnel lost or missing from
the Korean War as well as the announcement of missile negotiations
between the U.S. and the DPRK, to be held July 10-12 in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
The delegations hoped that the next round of Japan-DPRK normalization
talks would be held at an early date and that these talks will make
progress in improving Japan-DPRK bilateral relations.
The delegations expressed their support for increased DPRK engagement
with other countries as the DPRK addresses the concerns of the
international community. They also welcomed the DPRK's prospective
participation in the ASEAN Regional Forum.
The delegations also reaffirmed their commitment to implementation of
the 1994 Agreed Framework, which continues to be essential for the
peace and security of the Korean Peninsula.
The delegations reiterated their continuing commitment to consult
closely and to coordinate their respective policies toward the DPRK.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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