Remarks by the President in Photo Opportunity with South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung (9/7/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                         Office of the Press Secretary
                           (New York, New York)
For Immediate Release                                   September 7, 2000

                         REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
                         IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WITH

                           The Waldorf Astoria Hotel
                            New York, New York

10:03 A.M. EDT

     Q    Mr. President, how did your Middle East meetings go yesterday?
And are there any more meetings planned -- did you make any progress?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I think they went basically well.  They were
good, constructive meetings.  I think they both very much want an agreement
and they understand they have a limited time in which to achieve it.  And
we discussed a whole range of things, in terms of where we were and where
we were going.

     I don't know if there will be any more meetings while we're here.  I
worked until late in the night last night and, as you see, I'm here with
President Kim and I have a few other meetings and then we'll see where we
are and what, if anything, else should be done while we're here.  But I'm
confident there will be a serious effort to work through these things over
the next few weeks.

     Q    Would that include a summit, sir, before the end of October?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, there's been no discussion of that.

     Q    Can you tell us a little bit about your meeting with the Saudi
Prince yesterday, any discussion of oil production?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Yes, we talked about it.  You know, I told him that I
was very concerned that the price of oil was too high, not just for
America, but for the world; that if it's a cause of recession in any part
of the world, that would hurt the oil producing countries; and there are
other reasons why it was not in their interest.  And he agreed with that,
he's been very strong about that.

     And I said I certainly hoped that when OPEC met there would be an
increase in production, because that was the policy they adopted.
Remember, they adopted a policy that said if the price got outside the
range -- as I remember the range, it was $22, $28 a barrel -- and they
would take appropriate action.  So I hope that they will.

     Of course, in the United States, we had a particular concern because
our inventories are at a 24-year low and because in this region, New York
and up north, are so dependent on heating oil.  And we're attempting now to
fill our reserve and to look at what all of our options are, particularly
for meeting the home heating oil needs of the American people.  So we're
working on all that.
     I also will say it's not too late for Congress to pass the long-term
energy agenda I've had up there for a couple of years, which will make us
relatively less reliant on oil by increasing conservation and alternative
technologies and energy sources.  And I certainly hope that we'll be able
to persuade them to pass that in this environment before they go home.

     Q    On Korean unification, do you see any prospects, sir?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I think you ought to ask President Kim.  I think
the main thing I would like to say about that is that I think he has done a
brave and a good thing, not only for the people of his country and North
Korea, but for the whole stability of the region by taking this initiative.
It has been very impressive to me and I have strongly supported it.  And I
will continue to strongly support it.  I think it's not only good on a
human level, but for the long-term security of the Korean Peninsula and all
of East Asia -- I think it is a very, very positive goal.  We will continue
to be supportive.

     END  10:07 A.M. EDT

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