Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

White House Daily Briefing, October 26, 2000

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
October 26, 2000
PRESS BRIEFING BY JAKE SIEWERT
The James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
1:45 P.M. EDT
Q: For years the leader of North Korea has been characterized by U.S.
officials as unpredictable, erratic, strange, rogue. All of a sudden
now, after Secretary Albright goes there and there have been all these
reports that maybe he's not so bad after all, that he's not a madman.
What's the U.S. take?
MR. SIEWERT: I have never called anyone a madman from this podium. I
think we made some substantial progress in the discussions that
Secretary Albright had there. I don't want to get into a personal
characterization of another foreign leader here, but we did some good
work there. The Secretary is due back in Washington today. I expect
she will have a chance to talk to the President in the next couple of
days. She had a brief conversation with him when she was in Seoul, but
we want to hear a more detailed report from her.
She'll be back later today. We want to hear how President Kim Dae Jung
assessed that situation and want to continue to work with the South
Koreans in fostering the President's sunshine policy. But we'll focus
on the issues and what we can get done there on the substance. Her
meetings in Pyongyang were substantive and positive and we're looking
forward to a fuller briefing on that.
As you know, the missile program was discussed at some length, along
with issues of terrorism, human rights and the need for steps to
reduce tensions on the Peninsula. Those are all important issues and
ones we're going to assess before we make any decision about when the
President goes there.
Q:    How long will that take, do you think?
MR. SIEWERT: An indefinite period of time, but shorter than a month.
END   2:17 P.M. EDT



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