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Comments on North Korea

Stephen W. Bosworth
Special Representative for North Korea Policy 
Tokyo, Japan
September 15, 2010


AP Soundbite of Special Representative for North Korea Policy Bosworth from Tokyo, Japan news conference

AMBASSADOR BOSWORTH: We had very productive talks here in Tokyo. I would stress our common purpose and resolve but I would caution that there is no reason to expect there is going to be a flurry of diplomatic activity in the next few weeks. This is going to take some time to assess the way forward and then begin to building consensuses to how we get there and very importantly it requires some actions by the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to demonstrate their seriousness of purpose.

AMBASSADOR BOSWORTH: The way to relief from the sanctions lies on the path of significant progress to denuclearization. In other words, when we begin to make progress in the negotiations, we can begin to discuss what happens to the sanctions. But to discuss sanctions at this point is very premature.


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