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Korean Foreign Minister Meets Albright

June 23,2000

On June 23, Lee Joung-binn, minister of foreign affairs and trade, had talks with American State Secretary Madeleine Albright at the Central Government Complex. They discussed policy coordination plans between South Korea and the United States after the inter-Korea summit in Pyongyang.

The two exchanged opinions on the United States Forces in Korea (USFK) and North Korea's nuclear and missile issues, which were discussed during the Pyongyang talks, and confirmed the stance that the cooperation between South Korea and the United States is important for the successful promotion of future North Korea policy.

Secretary Albright then paid a visit to Chong Wa Dae, where President Kim Dae-jung explained the position of Kim Jong-il, chairman of North Korea's National Defense Commission, concerning North Korea's nuclear program, missiles, and the USFK.

President Kim pointed out that the improvement in relations between North Korea and the United States would be helpful for the inter-Korean relationship. He went on to evaluate that the U.S. Government's lifting of sanctions against North Korea, announced on June 19, would contribute to drawing North Korea into the international community.

In the evening Minister Lee and Secretary Albright held a joint press conference for domestic and foreign journalists.



by Lee Chul-hee







한미 외무회담 열려

이정빈(李廷彬)외교통상부장관은 23일 정부중앙청사에서 매들린 올브라이트 미국 국무장관과 회담을 갖고 평양 남북 정상회담 이후 양국의 대북 정책 공조 방안을 협의했다.두 장관은 평양 정상회담때 논의된 주한미군,북한 핵·미사일문제에 대해 의견을 나누고,향후 대북 정책의 성공적인 추진을 위해 한미간 공조가 중요하다는 입장을 확인했다. 
 이어 올브라이트 장관은 청와대를 예방,북한 핵·미사일,주한미군에 대한 북한 김정일(金正日)국방위원장의 입장을 김대중(金大中)대통령으로 설명들었다. 
 金대통령은 북·미관계의 진전이 남북관계개선에도 도움이 된다고 지적하면서,미국정부의 6·19 대북 제재완화 발효조치가 북한을 국제사회로 이끌어 내는데 기여할 것이라고 평가했다.
 李장관과 올브라이트 장관은 이날 저녁 내외신 공동기자회견을 가졌다








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