[EXCERPT] REPORT ON STATE DEPT. BRIEFING,
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
NORTH KOREA -- U.S. and North Korean officials conducted a 90-minute
meeting in New York City April 22, Burns reported. North Korea has yet
to respond one way or another to U.S./South Korean offers for peace
talks for the Korean peninsula. No date has been set for the next set
The North Korean delegation has been attempting to link peace talks
with food aid, Burns said. "If food is urgently needed -- and it is --
and they know that, why in the world would we want to link food aid to
these slow-as-molasses political talks that have taken 43 years to not
even begin," Burns said. "So food is an urgent priority, and we're not
willing to link it to anything, and neither should they."
Burns added that the United States will not be lifting sanctions
against North Korea until North Korea addresses the U.S. concerns that
led to these sanctions being imposed.