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S. Korea to propose conditions for resuming six-party talks through inter-Korean dialogues: media

01-04-2011 15:10 BJT Special Report:Tension Soars on Korean Peninsula |

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- South Korea plans to discuss conditions for resuming stalled talks over denuclearizing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) through inter-Korean dialogues, local media reported Tuesday citing an identified government source.

The country is thus in close contact with China, the United States, Japan and Russia to decide on the preconditions Pyongyang would have to meet before the disarmament talks resume, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The DPRK will have to discuss nuclear issues in talks with South Korea and show its genuine will for denuclearization through deeds in order for the long-stalled negotiations to start, a high- ranking government official told Yonhap.

The report comes after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak voiced support for reopening the moribund talks, last held in December 2008, in an apparent about-face in his previous opposition to the imminent resumption of the talks.

The countries involved must dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear program next year diplomatically through the six-way negotiations, Lee said last month.

Pyongyang, which once declared the six-way talks dead, recently expressed its will to return to the negotiating table while claiming it has developed a new, highly sophisticated uranium enrichment facility.

A set of conditions Seoul is reportedly mulling include dismantling all nuclear programs of Pyongyang, allowing inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the DPRK for monitoring and carrying out the joint statement issued in 2005 by six-party countries on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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