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China's top nuclear envoy has met with South Korean officials in Seoul to continue discussions on resuming the six-party talks.
Wu Dawei told South Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Shin Gak-soo that China wants six-party talks to resume "as soon as possible."
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea walked away from the talks last year in protest at international condemnation over its long-range rocket launch.
It was doubtful whether the talks would continue after Seoul blamed Pyongyang for torpedoing the South Korean warship "Cheonan," killing 46 sailors. The DPRK denies being responsible for the attack. Wu Dawei will depart for Japan on Saturday morning.