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China supports DPRK in efforts to resume 6-party talks

10-26-2011 08:32 BJT

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PYONGYANG/BEIJING - China on Monday reiterated its support for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) efforts to improve relations with the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang expressed support for Pyongyang amid renewed hopes of progress in restarting Six-Party Talks on the DPRK's nuclear disarmament. DPRK and US negotiators held talks on Monday in Geneva on how to revive the long-stalled negotiations.

China supported the DPRK's efforts in boosting the US-DPRK dialogue, the improvement of North-South relations and the resumption of the Six-Party Talks, the Xinhua News Agency quoted Li as saying.

Li, meeting Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, added that China would also strive to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.

Li made similar comments when he met DPRK Premier Choe Yong-rim on Sunday, saying that China wants the DPRK to deepen talks with the ROK and the US in the hope of restarting nuclear negotiations soon.

"China supports the DPRK maintaining a correct focus on engagement and dialogue," Li told Choe on Sunday evening, according to Xinhua.

It was in the interests of all parties concerned for Pyongyang to improve ties with Seoul and Washington, avoiding instability on the peninsula, Li said.

The DPRK should seek an "early outcome from the dialogue, and the Six-Party Talks should be restarted as soon as possible to advance the denuclearization of the peninsula", he added.

The talks, launched in 2003, involve China, the DPRK, the US, the ROK, Japan and Russia.

China has maintained close contact and held consultations with the relevant parties on easing the situation and pushing the Six-Party Talks forward.

Yet the talks have been suspended since December 2008, and the Korean Peninsula has periodically experienced heightened tension since then, including an exchange of artillery fire last November.

Yet recently a flurry of diplomatic efforts has rekindled hopes of restarting the stalled talks, especially as DPRK top leader Kim Jong-il repeated his readiness to return "without any preconditions" in a recent interview with the media.

On Monday, DRPK and US negotiators began a second round of direct talks following ones held in July.

The two-day talks were staged at the US embassy in Geneva and chaired by the outgoing US special envoy for DPRK policy Stephen Bosworth and his replacement Glyn Davies on the US side and the first Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan on the DPRK side.

"We had initial presentations of our respective positions, and I think these were useful presentations," US Special Envoy for Six-Party Talks Clifford Hart said.

 

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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