11 April 2000
Text: Albright on Summit Meeting between South Korea and North Korea
(Welcomes June 12-14 summit) (280)
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hailed the announcement of a
summit June 12-14 between North and South Korea in an April 10
Direct dialogue between the two governments, Albright said, "is
central to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula."
Following is the text of Albright's statement:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
April 10, 2000
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHT
SUMMIT MEETING BETWEEN SOUTH KOREA AND NORTH KOREA
I warmly welcome the announcement that the Republic of Korea and the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea will hold a summit June 12-14. I
called ROK Foreign Minister Lee Joung Binn early this morning to
convey our strong support for this meeting, which will be a
Direct dialogue between the South and the North is central to peace
and stability on the Korean Peninsula. President Kim Dae-jung's
leadership and encouragement -- for engagement, for U.S.-DPRK
dialogue, Japan-DPRK dialogue, and dialogue between the DPRK and other
nations -- opened the door for this important step.
The United States has long worked in support of achieving such
dialogues, which are envisioned as part of the process outlined by Dr.
Perry. The U.S., the ROK, and Japan have consulted closely together to
achieve a coordinated policy pursuing our common concerns regarding
weapons of mass destruction and missiles.
We look forward to continuing close consultation and coordination with
our ROK and Japanese allies.
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: usinfo.state.gov)
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