もっとも、指揮者ロリン・マゼールが、壇上からヒラリーばりに、「Shame on you, Kim Jong-Il! （恥を知れ、金正日！）」とでも叫んでいれば、大いにインパクトがあったろうが、遺憾ながら、そんな蛮勇は備えていそうにない。
「結局のところ、このコンサートはコンサートだ。外交的成功といったものではない（at the end of the day, we consider this concert to be a concert, and it was not a diplomatic coup）」
「この政権は人々を残酷に取り扱い、餓死や抑圧が蔓延しているということを、誰もが心にとどめておく必要がある（everyone needs to keep in mind that this is a regime that has brutally treated its people, there is a lot of starvation and repression）」
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2008
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
12:55 P.M. EST
Q Dana, what is the White House position on the visit to North Korea by the New York Philharmonic? Do you believe that this is either helpful, or hurtful, to our diplomatic efforts there? And do you think that future visits should be banned or prevented until the North complies?
MS. PERINO: No to the second question. I think that we, as Americans, have been big proponents of the North Korean people. We have had problems with the regime, which has hidden its nuclear program. And the President, working with his allies, created the six-party talks, of which North Korea is a part. And North Korea made promises that they need to keep in terms of fully denuclearizing the Peninsula and giving us a full and accurate accounting of their proliferation activities, as well.
So they have a ways to go in order to meet those obligations. Once we get to those, we might then be able to see normalized relations begin. And part of normalized relations would include possible cultural exchanges, like the one that you saw today.
But I think at the end of the day, we consider this concert to be a concert, and it was not a diplomatic coup. There's a lot of things that it is not; what it is was a wonderful concert that the New York Philharmonic put on for the North Koreans -- for those who were able to see it. And you have to remember how many people in North Korea who weren't able to come and experience the New York Philharmonic, and we can't help but think about those people and the terrible conditions that they're living under.
Q So, in answer to the question, is it either helpful or hurtful to our efforts?
MS. PERINO: I don't know. I mean, if it spurs North Korea to do what it says it would do in the six-party talks, I guess you could look back and say it was helpful. But today I don't think we can say whether or not it was helpful. I would just say it was probably neutral.
Q Does the White House have any criticism for the Philharmonic for going?
MS. PERINO: No. I mean, it was a private invitation that was issued to them, and obviously the State Department would have to help with some logistics, which we did do.
Q Following on that -- during the visit the concert itself was carried live on national television in the evening, and the journalists, a lot of foreign journalists were allowed in and were even allowed unfettered Internet access to file their stories. Is there no value in any of that?
MS. PERINO: How many journalists were able to go out and about in the country and see other parts of -- out of the controlled environment that they were kept in? I just think that everyone needs to keep in mind that this is a regime that has brutally treated its people, there is a lot of starvation and repression, and people are not able to lead free and prosperous lives, like they could.
But the President is going to support the North Korean people, press on the six-party talks, as well as human rights abuses.