"Korea is a safer place today than it was five years ago, with a reduced nuclear threat and improved dialogue between North and South. The United States applauds President Kim's efforts toward reconciliation."

President Clinton
State Visit of President Kim Dae-jung
June 9, 1998

President Clinton's goal of an Asia Pacific community grounded in peace, stability and prosperity is built on the U.S. and the Republic of Korea's (ROK/South Korea) shared interest in security, democracy and economic growth and in fostering a durable peace with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea). Working closely with both South Korea and Japan over the past eight years the Clinton Administration achieved significant progress towards meeting this goal by pursuing a three-pronged strategy of deterrence, through a robust American military presence in South Korea and close cooperation with our allies in the region; de-nuclearization, by enforcing North Korea's obligations to freeze its plutonium production at Yongbyon and dismantle its graphite moderated nuclear reactors; and diplomacy, aimed at easing tensions through multilateral negotiations and support for South Korea's efforts to engage North Korea. President Clinton laid the groundwork for peace on the Korean Peninsula, and worked toward the day when North Korea ends its isolation by building a more constructive relationship with South Korea and the international community. The June 13-15, 2000 summit meeting between ROK President Kim and North Korea's Kim Jong-il and the visit by DPRK Vice Marshal Cho Myong rok to Washington were important initial steps.


Strengthening Security

Encouraging Dialogue with North Korea

Providing Humanitarian Assistance to North Korea

Promoting South Korea's Economic Progress


December 2000 President Clinton determines that there is insufficient time remaining in his Administration to prepare the way for an agreement with North Korea that advances the national interest and provides the basis for a trip to
October 2000 President Clinton sends Secretary Albright to Pyongyang, North Korea as his Special Envoy to discuss North Korea's missile restraint proposal and to assess whether a trip by the President to North Korea is possible and in the best interests of the peace and stability on the peninsula.
October 2000 President Clinton meets DPRK Special Envoy, First Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission Cho Myong rok at the White House.
June 2000 President Clinton's economic sanctions easing goes into effect. North Korea reiterates its September 1999 moratorium on missile testing. Agreement reached on next phase of POW/MIA joint recovery operations.
September 1999 In response to the DPRK's suspension of long-range missile tests, President Clinton announces his intention to further ease economic sanctions against North Korea as a step toward improved relations as provided for in the Agreed Framework.
May 1999 Presidential Special Envoy William J. Perry visits Pyongyang before making final recommendations on our policy toward the North. He carries with him a letter from President Clinton to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
June 1998 President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung sign an extradition treaty, making it more difficult for fugitives to escape justice. The Senate ratifies the treaty in November 1999.
April 1996 President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam ) propose Four Party Korean Peace Talks to include North and South Korea, China, and the United States, with the goals of tension reduction and a permanent peace regime.


Statement by the President, December 28, 2000.

"Joint Communique," October 12, 2000.

"Joint Statement on Terrorism," October 6, 2000.

"Easing Sanctions Against North Korea," Fact Sheet: September 17, 1999.

Press Conference by President Clinton and President Kim Dae-jung, November 21, 1998.

Press Conference by President Clinton and President Kim of South Korea, June 9, 1998.

Press Conference by President Clinton and President Kim, April 16, 1996.

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