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Transfer of N. Korea Money Sought
これはワシントンポストのサイトに東部時間の17日午前零時零分に上がった記事ですから最新なんでしょうが、これによるとまだBDA資金の移転を仲介する銀行すら決まっていないようです。
その背景は、突っ走る国務省と抑制的というのか、消極的な財務省の温度差にあるようですが、ここ数日間の外信は全部観測記事なのかもしれません。

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国務省の定例会見内容抜粋(2007/05/17)
- QUESTION: Do you have -- is there any information that you can give us about Wachovia stepping forward to offer -- to help resolve this BDA problem?
MR. MCCORMACK: Right.
I don't have anything to add to what Wachovia said in its statement I saw printed in the newspaper today. We all want to see the BDA issue resolved, obviously resolved within the laws and regulations of the United States, as well as the international financial system, and we'd like to move on and get back to the business of the six-party talks, which is really focused on the issue of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
It's a very important objective and it's one that we hope we can get back to and impart some more momentum to those discussions.
QUESTION: But did you approach Wachovia to ask them to help and would you find it useful if Wachovia were to help?
MR. MCCORMACK: Right.
I know that there are going to be a lot of -- there are a lot of -- probably going to be a lot of questions about this. I'm just not going to have anything more to say beyond what Wachovia itself has said. And we'll only reiterate that we all hope that this issue can be resolved. It's an issue that the North Koreans are going to have to work out with their bankers and we want to see it resolved so we can get back to that important mission.
QUESTION: Are you not commenting on this because you perceive this to be a Treasury issue or is it just because it's not resolved or why can't you comment?
MR. MCCORMACK: Not going to comment on something that is yet to be resolved.
We all hope that it is going to be resolved.
I can't put a timeline for you on it.
We do know from the North Koreans, and they've stated it in public and we have also heard from them in private, that they are committed to implementing the February agreement, that they are actively working to resolve the BDA issue and you do see evidence of that reported in the press.
QUESTION: Putting aside the Wachovia element, has the State Department in recent weeks approached several U.S. financial institutions to ask for their help?
MR. MCCORMACK: Again, I'm not going to get into any more details on this issue.
QUESTION: Okay.

- QUESTION: New subject?
MR. MCCORMACK: Sure.
QUESTION: Can you update us on North Korea?
It's been a week now since Chris Hill was very upbeat in a speech in Pittsburgh last week, that this -- that he said literally -- we do have something this time.
And is it now in the Treasury's hands, is there anything that Chris and his team are doing to resolve the issue, the final --
MR. MCCORMACK: The BDA issue;
I know that the North Koreans are working with their bankers on the issue and Sue, at the beginning of the briefing, asked several questions about, well, what is the United States Government doing, what is its involvement.
I'm just not going to comment on that at this point.
It's a work that is in progress in terms of the North Koreans working with various banking institutions, but beyond that I'm just not going to have any comment on the issue while it is something that it is in progress other than to say that we all hope it is something that we can put behind us, put in the rear view mirror so we can focus on imparting some more momentum to the six-party talks and get to the business of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
QUESTION: When you say the North Koreans are working with their bankers --
MR. MCCORMACK: Right.
QUESTION: -- do they have new bankers?
MR. MCCORMACK: Do they have new bankers?
QUESTION: Yeah.
MR. MCCORMACK: Ask the North Koreans with whom they're dealing.
QUESTION: Because the old banks are in Macau and now they're supposed to have new ones, so I mean when you talk about their bankers, are those people or institutions identifiable at this point?
MR. MCCORMACK: You can talk to the North Koreans about with whom they are dealing.
QUESTION: Well, they don't answer their phones.
(Laughter.) All right, thanks.


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