THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AND JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER MIYAZAWA DURING PHOTO OPPORTUNITY Oval Office
10:33 A.M. EDT
Q Mr. President, we understand that Srebrenica is about to fall and some 60,000 Bosnian Muslims may be evacuated or surrender on your watch. That must be pretty painful.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: I regret that it's happening. We met and discussed this morning what our other options are and whether our allies might now be willing to take further action. We may know some more before the end of the day.
Q Do you expect some military action to do something about this?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: We're looking at a number of options. I don't want to rule in or out any, except that we've never considered the introduction of American ground forces as you know. But I hope that the gravity of the situation will develop a consensus among the United Nations partners. We'll see.
Q Has the widening of the trade deficit with Japan -- does that add importance to this meeting today, sir?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Sure. Of course.
Q Mr. President, would you mind explaining to us what you meant when you said to President Yeltsin, Japanese yes often means no?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: I don't know whether to say yes or no.
PRIME MINISTER MIYAZAWA: Remember the song, "Yes, We Have No Bananas"? The idea is, I think --
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Bananas. Yes. That's it.
PRIME MINISTER MIYAZAWA: -- every language has its own peculiarity.
Q President, are you talking about the exchange rate today with Mr. Miyazawa?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: We haven't had a chance to start our conversation. I think we'll talk about a lot of things today -- many things.
Q What kind of talks do you think are top priority at this meeting with Mr. Prime Minister Miyazawa?
PRIME MINISTER MIYAZAWA: You'll know in two hours. (Laughter.)
THE PRESS: Thank you.
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