Albright, Iceland's Asgrimsson Press Conference Sept. 30
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman (Reykjavik, Iceland) September 30, 2000 JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHT AND FOREIGN MINISTER OF ICELAND HALLDOR ASGRIMSSON Reykjavik, Iceland September 30, 2000 QUESTION: Madame Secretary, following the announcement yesterday about the high level North Korean visit to Washington, what significance does the Clinton administration at this time attach to this and could this possibly lead to you going to North Korea before your term is over? SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: First of all, we were very pleased to be able to announce the meeting. I will be the host of it. This will be the highest level meeting that has taken place. We have been discussing a broad range of issues with the North Koreans in other venues. The President will meet with the representative of Kim Jong Il and we will be discussing a broad range of issues. When I was in Bangkok the Foreign Minister had said that he hoped that I would be coming to Pyongyang if circumstances allow then I would look forward to that but at this stage we have to see how these talks evolve. The situation as far as the Korean peninsula is concerned is evolving rapidly and in a generally positive way. We have a lot of issues that have to be discussed, those to do with the agreed framework, the missile talks, the issue of their wanting to get off the terrorist list. So there are a lot of issues out there.
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