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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 22, 1994

Statement by the Press Secretary

In a twenty-minute telephone call this evening, President Clinton and President Kim Young Sam of South Korea discussed recent developments in the North Korean situation, including today's developments that open the way to a third round of U.S.- DPRK talks.

The two Presidents agreed that North Korea's commitment to freeze the major elements of its nuclear program and to allow the IAEA to keep its inspectors and equipment in place was a very positive development. They both noted that these steps do not constitute a solution to the nuclear problem, but rather an opportunity to find one. President Clinton welcomed the agreement between North and South Korea to hold a summit meeting. Finally, Presidents Kim and Clinton agreed that the closest possible cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Korea is needed on this critically important issue.