December 10th, 2009
01:39 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton puts best face on North Korea meeting

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that recent talks with North Korea were 'quite positive.'"]
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration's first high-level direct talks with North Korea yielded no promise by Pyongyang to return to Six- Party negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear program, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton nonetheless Thursday called the meeting "quite positive."

Asked about the three-day visit to North Korea by special envoy Stephen Bosworth, Clinton told reporters, "I think for a preliminary meeting it was quite positive."

Clinton said she agreed with Ambassador Bosworth that the talks were "very useful" and added: "It does remain to be seen whether and when the North Koreans will return to the Six-Party talks but the bottom line is that these were exploratory talks, not negotiations."

Clinton said the talks "were intended to do exactly what they did: reaffirm the commitment of the United States to the Six-Party process, to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and to discuss with the North Koreans their reactions to what we are asking them to do in order to move forward."

North Korea has refused to return to the talks conducted by the United States, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan since last year when it carried out a nuclear test and a series of missile tests, insisting that it wanted to talk directly with the United States.

Clinton previously said the United States was willing to meet bilaterally with North Korea but only within the framework of the six-party talks. She also has warned that the United States will not normalize ties with Pyongyang or lift sanctions unless North Korea takes irreversible steps toward dismantling its nuclear program.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Stacie

    Keep up the great work Ms. Clinton! We know this is difficult, but as the president said in his speech today, you are working in the world as it currently is, but continuing to strive for what ought to be. God Bless you and the work you do!

    December 10, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Right wingnuts are as dumb as a woonsocket

    If Hillary would have called the N. Koreans names, or used the dreaded phrase, "Axes Of Evil," like the last cowboy in the white house, I am sure the wingnuts think the North Koreans would have given up the nuclear program that they built under Bush's watch.

    December 10, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Terry from West Texas

    Clinton is a nice change from former Secretary of State Powell, who told us that there was "no doubt" that Iraq possessed over 2,000 TONS of bioactive and radio active weapons material. That speech of his was what convinced me that the invasion of Iraq was necessary. Too bad it turned out to be a lie. She is also a nice change from Condoleeza Rice, who – as nearly as I can tell – traveled around the world a hundred times, accomplished nothing, and was treated with contempt by the world and members of the Bush Administration.

    Both Powell and Rice should have been great choices for that position, but the triumvirate of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld neutralized both of them. They will go down in history as minor footnotes to the massive failure of the Bush Administration to do anything right.

    December 10, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Dutch/BadNewz, VA

    If they don't come back to the table Madam Secretary, cut them off from everything. Yeah, Bill went and got those two journalists, but that one good gesture does not make up for the irrational and abrupt behavior of the North Koreans. Let's not forget these are the same people that were trying to port a ship on their coast right after we placed stricter sanctions on them.

    December 10, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. csh

    Always nice to hear from someone as intellectually impressive as Hillary Clinton.

    Can you imagine half wit Sarah as Secretary of State?

    December 10, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Mike Syracuse, NY

    So the meeting had no results, but was 'quite positive'. How is that? Maybe she learned a new knock-knock joke.

    December 10, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Tayo, NY

    This shows how difficult it is to deal with it is to deal with a Country without visionary leader!

    December 10, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Sea.gem

    The "Hug a Terrorist" has worked well for the concessions...more time ot develop nukes, WMDs , execute civilians, erode support for democracy...well done!!!!

    December 10, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. aneanderthal

    All of that apologizing, groveling and nasty notes just didn't do. Never has, never will. Keep dreaming obamatrons. Weakest president and SOS we have ever had. Hope we can survive another 3 years and 1 month of this inept and stupid administration.

    December 10, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Scott, Tucson

    The N. Koreans are commies, so Hillary and obama are just going to roll over and do nothing.

    December 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Texas Longhorn talks Truth

    Way to go Madam President.

    December 10, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Debby

    The only intellect in the Dem. party. Hats off to Hillary. Its nice to hear from someone that has integrity vs. loud mouth porky pig Grayson.

    December 10, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |