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Remarks on North Korea

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
December 22, 2009


Remarks on North Korea during an interview with the Associated Press

Ambassador Susan E. Rice: "North Korea sanctions which are now the toughest sanctions on the books against any country in the world today, and they have been actively and forcibly implemented by member states all over the world, and so North Korea is feeling far greater pressure to halt its nuclear weapons programme than it has in the past and it is indeed giving various indications that it is feeling that pressure and perhaps responding to it.

"So when Ambassador Bosworth, the president's special envoy, travelled to North Korea earlier this month it was not to open a separate bilateral track but to communicate very clearly from the US to North Korea that we expect it to return constructively to the six party talks and that it is in its interest to do so and to approach those talks seriously with the aim of meeting its prior commitments rather than simply another round of talking for talking sake."


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