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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of September 21, 1993

1.  NORTH KOREA 
Q:  What can you tell us about contacts with the North Koreans
in New York?

A:  ON OCCASION, WE HAVE INFORMAL CONTACTS WITH NORTH KOREA
THROUGH THE DPRK MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS.  THIS CHANNEL
HAS BEEN USED FOR FACILITATING ARRANGEMENTS AND TO PASS RELATED
MESSAGES FOR THE U.S.-DPRK TALKS.

Q:  Have the North Koreans passed a letter to Assistant
Secretary Gallucci, and what is in the letter?  Have they
threaten again to to withdraw from the NPT if the nuclear
issue is brought before the U.N.?

A:  ASSISTANT SECRETARY GALLUCCI LAST MET WITH DPRK
REPRESENTATIVES ON JULY l9 IN GENEVA.  HE PROVIDED A READ-OUT OF
HIS TALKS AT THAT TIME.

--AS YOU KNOW, WE DO NOT CHARACTERIZE THE CONTENT OF OUR OTHER
DIPLOMATIC DISCUSSIONS WITH THE DPRK.(###}