State Department Noon Briefing, October 31, 2000
A couple of upcoming press events we wanted you to know about. The
Secretary will be giving a speech on Thursday, November 2nd, at the
National Press Club at 10 o'clock. The subject is North Korea, and
she'll take questions afterwards from members of the press who are at
the National Press Club.
Q: On the North Korea speech, is it possible that she might have
something to say on a presidential visit to North Korea by that stage,
or would that be too early?
MR. BOUCHER: I don't really need to be here.
Q: Why don't you answer the question?
Q: Stay tuned.
MR. BOUCHER: Nothing to predict at this point. I am not in the
position for business 24 hours in advance of a speech, 48 hours even.
I'm sure she'll address our policy, but whether she has anything to
say on the subject of the President, I don't know.
Q: It is possible, though?
MR. BOUCHER: I wouldn't -- I'm not predicting it.
Q: Also -- I don't want to get too far away from it, but doesn't -- is
she going to be able to provide an update of the KL talks, because
they're not going to be over by then, are they?
MR. BOUCHER: It'll be two-thirds of the way into it. Yeah.
MR. BOUCHER: Three-day meeting. Two days will have expired by the time
Q: Okay. She's not going to -- (inaudible) --
MR. BOUCHER: She will be in a position to say what she has to say, and
I'm sure it will be interesting.
Q: I hope so.
MR. BOUCHER: We'll just see if she's in a position to make any
statements or announcement at that moment. I'm not predicting any. I'm
not saying it's impossible, but I'm not predicting anything.
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