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Preview in South Korea of Secretary Clinton's Travel to Asia

Christopher R. Hill
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Upon Arrival at Incheon Airport
Seoul, South Korea
February 15, 2009


QUESTION: Can I ask you a quick question?


QUESTION: What is the purpose of your coming to Korea?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Well, I just came ahead to discuss at all three stops the visit of Secretary Clinton. I look forward to talking to Kim Sook about the visit and some of the elements of the visit in so far as they relate to the North Korea situation.

QUESTION: One more question. It seems that you are not going to take the head of delegation position of the Six-Party Talks anymore. What do you think about that? Are you happy about that?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: (Laughter) Well, I’ve been doing it for four years and I think it’s time for someone new to try it for a while. It’s been a very interesting experience for four years.

QUESTION: Do you feel something more could be done?

ASSISTANT SECRETARY HILL: Yes, complete the denuclearization.

QUESTION: Thank you.


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