THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 22, 2000
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AND PRIME MINISTER MORI
IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
9:00 A.M. (L)
Q Mr. President, has Mr. Mori agreed to a fourth year of the
trade deregulation talks with the U.S.?
THE PRESIDENT: Maybe the Prime Minister should answer that.
PRIME MINISTER MORI: Yes, we agreed to continue the dialogue for
THE PRESIDENT: And I'm very pleased about that because it's, I
think, been a very fruitful thing for both our countries, and I think it
will -- the agreements we've made here at this summit I think will be
very positive for Japan's economy and our relationship.
Q Mr. President, what is your assessment of North Korea's offer
to curb its missile program in exchange for space exploration
assistance? Is there any reason to believe that's credible?
And, Mr. Prime Minister, were you reassured by that offer?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, let me say, based on what President Putin
said last night in our conversations, I think that it's something that
needs to be explored and we need to see exactly what the specifics are.
I think that he would agree with that, too. It's not clear to me
exactly what the offer is and what is being requested and the time for
it. But I think we heard enough so that there should be an attempt to
determine what the facts are here, but I can't say that I'm clear enough
on what the offer was to make a final judgment.
Q A handshake?
Q Thank you very much.
END 9:03 A.M. (L)
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