(ED NOTE: THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS MADE IN A PRESS MEETING WITH REPORTERS TUESDAY IN BEIJING)
Stephen W. Bosworth
Special Representative for North Korea Policy
Westin Chaoyang Hotel
November 23, 2010
AMBASSADOR BOSWORTH: Good evening. It has been a long day but I will make a couple of remarks. First of all, I want to refer you to the statement issued by the White House today very early morning, Washington time, on the incident that occurred in the [Yellow] Sea involving the exchange of artillery fire initiated by the North Koreans. I won’t try to interpret or elaborate on the White House statement. I think it speaks for itself. The U.S. strongly condemns this aggression on the part of North Korea, and we stand firmly with our allies.
The subject did, of course, come up in my meetings with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and I think we both share the view that such conflict is very undesirable. I expressed to them the desire that restraint be exercised on all sides, and I think we agree on that. I am not going to take questions on this, but I would refer you to the White House statement if you have not already seen it.
My conversations here on the subject of how to address the concerns raised by North Korea’s revelations concerning their enriched uranium program were very useful. We had very full and complete exchanges of views. We agreed on the essential need for us to continue coordination and consultation on this issue, the uranium enrichment program, and of course on the subject of how most appropriately and most desirably to bring about a resumption of the Six-Party process. We agree that a multilateral approach to the problems of North Korea remains essential and that we are both committed to the full implementation of the September 2005 joint statement including, in particular of course, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.