Robert R. King
Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues
Beijing, China
March 7, 2012

AMBASSADOR KING: Good morning. We’re on our way to the U.S. Embassy, and at ten o’clock we will be meeting with the delegation from the DPRK at the DPRK Embassy. We’ll have a session there this morning; this afternoon at 2:30 will have a session at the United States Embassy, and we’ll finish that by six o’clock this evening. At this point, we’re looking forward to the discussion with our friends from North Korea. The food nutrition assistance program that we’re here to talk about is a complicated program, and we need to work out the details in terms of how we’re going to carry that program out. We’re looking at a program that will help a million or more residents of the DPRK, primarily focused on young children, on women who are pregnant and nursing, on elderly, and others who are particularly disadvantaged, and we need to make sure that we have the right procedures in place to make sure that the assistance reaches those we’re trying to help. It will be interesting discussions, and when we have something to report to you, we’ll get back to you. Thank you very much.

QUESTION: Would you please identify yourself?

AMBASSADOR KING: Yes. I am Ambassador Robert King, Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights.

QUESTION: Who’s your counterpart?

AMBASSADOR KING: The counterpart is Deputy Director General An [Myoung-han] of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thank you.