- Title: USA: TALKS OPEN BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, NORTH KOREA, SOUTH KOREA AND CHINA
- Date: 5th August 1997
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 5, 1997) (RTV-W) 1. LV EXTERIOR COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS 0.11 2. SLV SIGN 0.16 3. MV ARRIVAL OF U.S. DELEGATION LED BY CHARLES KARTMAN 0.30 4. MV ARRIVAL OF SOUTH KOREAN DELEGATION 0.39 5. SCU SECURITY GUARD SPEAKING OVER RADIO 0.43 6. MV LEADER OF CHINA'S DELEGATION, ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER CHEN JIANG, REPLIES TO QUESTION IS HE OPTIMISTIC, SAYS: WHY NOT? 0.58 7. MV ARRIVAL OF NORTH KOREAN DELEGATION LEADER KIM GYE GWAN FOLLOWED BY AIDES 1.15 8. SLV MEETING IN PROGRESS (2 SHOTS) 1.24 9. SCU NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM GYE GWAN 1.28 10. SCU CAMERAMAN 1.32 11. SCU CHINESE ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER CHEN JIANG 1.39 12. SLV U.S. DELEGATION 1.44 13. MV PHOTO OP FOUR LEADERS (2 SHOTS) 2.06 14. SLV PAN DELEGATES SEATED 2.18 Initials S3 P3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA9BG06SGJ6FWTV7LX0UF1405EI
- Story Text: - INTRO: North Korea, the United States, South Korea and China have opened talks in New York aimed at obtaining a more secure peace to replace the fragile arrangement in place since the 1950-53 Korean War.
Officials from the four countries began the talks on Tuesday (Aug 5) shortly after 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs in New York.
The meeting has a limited agenda -- to set a date, time, place and agenda for the opening of substantive negotiations, probably in September.
But it is an important test of the commitment of the impoverished communist North Korea to go forward with the effort to reduce tensions led by the United States and South Korean.
Tuesday's meeting brought China formally into the process for the first time.
The aim of the talks, proposed by Washington and Seoul last year, is to reduce tensions on the peninsula and replace the frayed armistice that ended the Korean War. North Korea dragged its feet in accepting the proposal.
"I hope we have a good dialogue today," the head of the South Korean delegation, Song Young Shik, told the other delegations at the start of the meeting. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charles Kartman arranged for the four delegation heads to pose for a group picture and shake hands.
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