Remarks
Stephen W. Bosworth
Special Representative for North Korea Policy
Seoul, South Korea
December 10, 2009


AP Soundbite from press conference in Seoul after returning from North Korea

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SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE BOSWORTH: We did not ask for nor did we meet with chairman Kim Jong Il. We met with the officials that I indicated. As for a message to the North Koreans from President Obama, in effect I am the message.

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE BOSWORTH: It is important to point out that these were exploratory talks, not negotiations. It is certainly our hope based on these discussions in Pyongyang that the six-party-talks can resume expeditiously and that we can get back to the important work of denuclearization.

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE BOSWORTH: I believe that this visit and my conversations in Pyongyang were very useful. And we were able to exchange views in a candid and business-like fashion. We identified some common understandings on the need for and the role of the six-party-talks and the importance of implementation of the 2005 Joint Statement.

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE BOSWORTH: As President Obama has made clear, the United States is prepared to work with our allies and partners in the region to offer North Korea a different future. The path for North Korea to realize this future is to choose the door of dialogue in the six-party-talks and to take irreversible steps to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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