931202 Taken Questions  Return to: Index of 1993 Daily Briefings || Electronic Research Collections Index || ERC Homepage

Note: This Electronic Research Collection (ERC) is an archive site. For the most current information, please visit the US State Department homepage.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of December 2, 1993

1.  NORTH KOREA:  IAEA Director GeneralŐs Statement
Q.  Any more reaction to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 
Director General Hans Blix's statement on North Korean safeguards?  Does 
this mean the continuity of safeguards are broken?

A.  WE UNDERSTAND IAEA DIRECTOR GENERAL HANS BLIX INTENDS TO MAKE A 
FORMAL REPORT ON THE CONTINUITY OF SAFEGUARDS IN NORTH KOREA TO THE UN 
SECURITY COUNCIL NEXT WEEK.

--THE IAEA GENERAL CONFERENCE AUTHORIZED HIM TO REPORT TO THE SECURITY 
COUNCIL AS APPROPRIATE LAST SEPTEMBER.

--WE WILL WANT TO SEE AND STUDY THAT REPORT BEFORE WE MAKE ANY 
DEFINITIVE COMMENT ON NORTH KOREAN SAFEGUARDS.


2.  TERRORISM:  PKK Activity Curtailed
Q: Do you support recent changes in policy by some Western European 
countries toward the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)?  Did you have 
consultations with these governments prior to these changes?

A:  WE WELCOME THE BANNING OF THE PKK BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF FRANCE AND 
GERMANY LATE LAST WEEK AS PART OF THEIR EFFORTS TO CURTAIL PKK TERRORIST 
ACTIVITY.  THE UNITED STATES HAS AN ONGOING DIALOGUE WITH OUR ALLIES ON 
COUNTERTERRORISM MATTERS, INCLUDING PKK TERRORISM.

(###)