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USIS Washington File

31 May 2000

Text: State Department Release on May 24-30 Meetings with North Korea

(Session to prepare for future missile talks set for May 31) (270)
Following is the text of the May 30 statement of the Acting Spokesman:
(begin text)
U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
Press Statement by Philip T. Reeker, Acting Spokesman
May 30, 2000
North Korea - Talks in Rome
The U.S. and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
have just completed six days of talks in Rome from May 24 to May 30.
The talks were held in a serious and constructive manner, and we made
We discussed our respective concerns regarding the implementation of
the Agreed Framework and a range of other bilateral issues. In this
regard, the U.S. used this round of talks to launch a new negotiation,
called for by Dr. Perry in his report to the President, on Agreed
Framework implementation.
The two sides also agreed to hold a preparatory session on May 31 for
the next round of missile talks. One purpose of this preparatory
session will be to set the stage for the next formal round of
U.S.-North Korea missile talks in the near future.
Let me use this opportunity to express the United States government's
thanks to the Italian government for its support for these talks. The
Government of Italy was a most gracious and generous host. The
atmosphere it helped create facilitated the positive direction and
tenor of our discussions.
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