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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of February 2, 1994

1. VIETNAM -- Meetings Q: When was the last meeting between Secretary Christopher and his Vietnamese counterpart.

A: SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER MET WITH VIETNAMESE FOREIGN MINISTER NGUYEN MANH CAM IN SINGAPORE ON JULY 27, 1993.

--HE MET WITH VIETNAMESE FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER PHAN VAN KHAI AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT ON OCTOBER 4, 1993.

2. CHILE--Poisoned Grapes Q: What came out of the recent meeting with the Chileans on poisoned grapes? Was there any discussion of compensation?

A: IN ITS MEETING YESTERDAY, THE U.S.-CHILEAN WORKING GROUP DISCUSSED WAYS TO CHANNEL FUTURE COOPERATION IN A CONSTRUCTIVE DIRECTION. THIS WORKING GROUP WAS CREATED LAST YEAR TO REVIEW AND EXCHANGE THE VIEWS OF BOTH GOVERNMENTS REGARDING THE FACTS SURROUNDING THE TEMPORARY 1989 SUSPENSION OF FRUIT IMPORTS.

--WE ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO DISCUSS THE DETAILS OF THE GROUP'S TALKS WHICH ARE CONTINUING.

3. NORTH KOREA--Contacts Q: Have you been in contact with North Korea since your last informal meeting in New York?

A: THERE HAVE BEEN NO MEETINGS WITH NORTH KOREA SINCE DECEMBER 29, 1993, BUT WE HAVE BEEN IN COMMUNICATION, AND WE ARE AWARE OF NORTH KOREAN VIEWS. AT THIS TIME WE DO NOT PLAN TO DISCUSS THE SUBSTANCE OF THOSE CONTACTS.

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