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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of February 22, 1994

1. NORTH KOREA Q: Who asked for the meeting? When was it arranged? Any read-out?

A:--THE FEBRUARY 22 INFORMAL MEETING IN NEW YORK WITH NORTH KOREA, ARRANGED THIS WEEK, WAS SOUGHT BY BOTH SIDES.

--FROM OUR STANDPOINT, THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO ENSURE THAT NORTH KOREA SCHEDULES IAEA INSPECTIONS AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE DATE.

--WE DO NOT HAVE A FULLER READ-OUT AT THIS POINT.

2. INDONESIA Q: Do you have any reaction to a student demonstration in front of our Embassy in Jakarta demanding a trial of two Americans on drug charges?

A:--THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TAKES VERY SERIOUSLY THE ALLEGATIONS OF THE AMERICANS' INVOLVEMENT IN THE SALE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS. THE TWO WERE MEMBERS OF THE EMBASSY'S ADMINISTRATIVE AND TECHNICAL STAFF AND THUS WERE IMMUNE FROM INDONESIAN CRIMINAL JURISDICTION. HOWEVER, AS MEMBERS OF THE U.S. MILITARY, THEY ARE SUBJECT TO U.S. MILITARY LAW FOR THEIR ACTIONS.

--AFTER THEY WERE TURNED OVER TO U.S. OFFICIALS, THE TWO WERE SENT UNDER MILITARY ESCORT TO A U.S. MILITARY BASE IN GUAM. THE CHARGES AGAINST THEM ARE BEING THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. ALL APPROPRIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION WILL BE TAKEN BY U.S. MILITARY INVESTIGATORS WHO ARE EMPOWERED TO RECOMMEND THAT THEY BE COURT MARTIALED.

--THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, THROUGH OUR EMBASSY IN JAKARTA AND THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (DEA), HAS AN EXCELLENT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT IN THE WAR ON DRUGS.

3. China Q: What is your reaction to the Asia Watch report on political prisoners? Do you have any new information? Will you raise this with the PRC?

A:--WE ARE CAREFULLY REVIEWING ASIA WATCH'S REPORT, WHICH IS A LENGTHY COMPENDIUM OF THE NAMES OF CHINESE DISSIDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN REPORTED DETAINED, ARRESTED, RELEASED OR SENTENCED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS.

--MANY OF THE NAMES IN THIS REPORT ARE ONES WE HAVE RAISED WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IN THE PAST.

--ASSISTANT SECRETARY SHATTUCK, DURING HIS VISIT TO BEIJING NEXT WEEK, WILL AGAIN BE RAISING A NUMBER OF CASES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED FOR ENGAGING IN NONVIOLENT POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY.

4. CHINA Q: Can you provide any details on Assistant Secretary Shattuck's upcoming trip to China?

A:--ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS JOHN SHATTUCK WILL BE IN CHINA NEXT WEEK. HE WILL CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS ON A VARIETY OF HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES, INCLUDING PRESIDENT CLINTON'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON MFN.

--ASSISTANT SECRETARY SHATTUCK'S LAST TRIP WAS FOUR MONTHS AGO. THIS VISIT WAS MUTUALLY AGREED UPON WHEN THE SECRETARY MET WITH CHINESE VICE PREMIER QIAN QICHEN IN PARIS LAST MONTH.

--MR. SHATTUCK WILL MEET WITH ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER QIN HUASUN (CHIN HWA SUN) TO CONTINUE THEIR REGULAR MEETINGS ON HUMAN RIGHTS. --MR. SHATTUCK WILL VISIT BEIJING AND SHANGHAI.

5. MOROCCO - ISRAEL COOPERATION Q: Has Morocco taken any steps to initiate cooperation with Israel in such fields as telecommunications and tourism?

A: I WILL LEAVE IT UP TO THE ISRAELIS AND MOROCCANS TO CHARACTERIZE THE BREADTH AND DEPTH OF THEIR CONTACTS. I UNDERSTAND, HOWEVER, THAT THERE ALREADY HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF EXCHANGES OF BUSINESS DELEGATIONS.

Q: Did the Secretary and Moroccan Foreign Minister discuss these issues?

A: THE SECRETARY AND FOREIGN MINISTER DISCUSSED A FULL RANGE OF BILATERAL AND MIDDLE EAST ISSUES, INCLUDING WAYS TO COOPERATE ON ENDING THE ARAB BOYCOTT.(###)

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