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.