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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE 
Office of the Spokesman
11/1/93 TAKEN QUESTIONS


1.  NORTH KOREA:  IAEA REPORT

Q.  Any comment on IAEA Director General Hans Blix's statement today on 
nuclear safeguards in North Korea?

A.  -- AS WE HAVE SAID, WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT NORTH KOREA HAS NOT 
YET ACCEPTED IAEA INSPECTIONS NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THE CONTINUITY OF 
SAFEGUARDS AT ITS DECLARED NUCLEAR FACILITIES.

-- WE AGREE WITH INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA) DIRECTOR HANS 
BLIX THAT "ONLY THE PRACTICE OF FULL NUCLEAR TRANSPARENCY, INCLUDING 
FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF IAEA SAFEGUARDS, CAN CREATE CONFIDENCE THAT 
[NORTH KOREA'S] NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES ARE DEVOTED EXCLUSIVELY TO PEACEFUL 
PURPOSES."

-- WE URGE NORTH KOREA TO ACCEPT THESE INSPECTIONS IMMEDIATELY AND TO 
COOPERATE FULLY WITH THE IAEA IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SAFEGUARDS 
AGREEMENT.



2.   GERMANY:  ATTACK ON AMERICAN ATHLETES

Q:  Do you have any reaction to an attack on American athletes in 
Germany?

A:  -- WE TAKE THIS INCIDENT SERIOUSLY, AND HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH 
GERMAN AUTHORITIES.

WE HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT LOCAL OFFICIALS WILL HANDLE THIS MATTER AS 
APPROPRIATE.

GERMAN OFFICIALS CONTACTED THE TEAM TO EXPRESS THEIR REGRET OVER THE 
INCIDENT.  THE OFFICIALS ASSURED TEAM MEMBERS THAT THE CASE WILL BE 
VIGOROUSLY PURSUED.


3.  UNITED STATES/ISRAEL/JORDAN ECONOMIC WORKING GROUP
AND OTHER MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS MEETINGS

Q:  Is there a trilateral U.S./Jordan/Israel meeting in the near future?

A:  ON OCTOBER 1, 1993, WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON HOSTED ISRAELI FOREIGN 
MINISTER PERES AND JORDANIAN CROWN PRINCE HASSAN AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THE 
PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED FORMATION OF A TRILATERAL U.S./ISRAELI/JORDANIAN 
WORKING GROUP TO ADDRESS COMMON ISRAELI/JORDANIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 
ISSUES.  THE UNITED STATES WILL ACT AS FACILITATOR IN THIS WORKING 
GROUP.

THE U.S. WILL BE INVITING ISRAEL AND JORDAN TO A MEETING OF THE 
TRILATERAL WORKING GROUP IN PARIS NOVEMBER 4.  UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE 
JOAN SPERO WILL LEAD THE U.S. DELEGATION.

Q:  What additional information can you provide about peace process 
meetings?

A:  THE ISRAELIS AND THE PALESTINIANS CONTINUE THEIR SESSIONS IN TABA 
(EGYPT) ON THE TRANSFER OF AUTHORITIES IN GAZA AND JERICHO UNDER THE 
TERMS OF THE DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES.  THOSE NEGOTIATIONS ARE DEALING 
WITH THE KEY ISSUES OF SECURITY AND TRANSFER OF AUTHORITY.

ISRAELI AND JORDANIAN REPRESENTATIVES ARE MEETING IN WASHINGTON THIS 
WEEK TO CONTINUE THEIR TECHNICAL DISCUSSIONS ON THE ISSUE OF JORDANIAN 
BANKS OPERATING IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES.

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS MOVING QUICKLY TO PROVIDE THE ASSISTANCE 
NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT SUCCESSFULLY THE ISRAEL/PLO ACCORD.  THE AD HOC 
LIAISON COMMITTEE CREATED AT THE OCTOBER 1 DONORS CONFERENCE IN 
WASHINGTON WILL MEET IN PARIS ON NOVEMBER 5 TO FURTHER COORDINATE DONOR 
EFFORTS.  THE WORLD BANK HAS A LARGE MISSION IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA 
TO DESIGN A COHERENT STRATEGY, TO IDENTIFY SPECIFIC PROJECTS AND TO 
COORDINATE ASSISTANCE EFFORTS ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS.

THERE IS ALSO A GREAT DEAL OF ACTIVITY OCCURRING IN THE MULTILATERAL 
SIDE OF THE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS:  FROM OCTOBER 12-14, THE REFUGEE WORKING 
GROUP MET IN TUNIS AND DECIDED ON AN AMBITIOUS PLAN OF WORK.

FROM OCTOBER 26-28, THE MULTILATERAL WORKING GROUP ON WATER RESOURCES 
MET IN BEIJING.  THAT GROUP ENDORSED THE IDEA OF A REGIONAL DATA BANK ON 
WATER, LAUNCHED A PROJECT FOR RAINWATER CATCHMENT TO SUPPLEMENT THE 
WATER SUPPLY IN GAZA, AND AGREED TO AN OMANI PROPOSAL FOR A PROJECT ON 
DESALINATION.

THE ARMS CONTROL AND REGIONAL SECURITY GROUP WILL MEET IN MOSCOW 
NOVEMBER 3-4 TO REVIEW THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES IT HAS SPONSORED RECENTLY, 
INCLUDING WORKSHOPS ON VERIFICATION AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING, AND TO PLAN 
FUTURE ACTIVITIES.  OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS, WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN HELD 
ON MARITIME CBMS, VERIFICATION, COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION EXCHANGE AND 
PRE-NOTIFICATION, AND LONG-TERM OBJECTIVES AND DECLARATORY MEASURES.

THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WORKING GROUP WILL MEET IN COPENHAGEN NOVEMBER 
8-9 TO CONTINUE ITS WORK IN SUPPORT OF REGIONAL INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT 
THE PEACE PROCESS.

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