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China hopes for earlier second six-party talks this year: FM spokesman

PLA Daily 2004-01-07

BEIJING, Jan. 6 (Xinhuanet) -- China hopes the second round of six-party talks on the nuclear issue in the Korean Peninsula will be held as soon as possible this year, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan here Tuesday.

The talks should continue in the direction of peace and dialogue, said Kong.

Ning Fukui, an ambassador-level official with the Foreign Ministry who is in charge of the affairs concerning the Korean Peninsula, made a working visit to Moscow from Jan. 4 to 6, said Kong, adding that Ning held talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov and Foreign Ministry First Asian Department director Yevgeny Afanasyev on the nuclear issue.

Chinese and Russian officials reached important consensus on the nuclear issue and expressed their willingness to make positive preparation for the second round of six-party talks, the spokesman said.

Kong said all parties, including China, have been working and mediating for the early convening of a fresh round of talks, although there are some concrete differences.

Relevant parties have agreed to resolve the nuclear issue through dialogue and diplomacy in a bid to realize non-nuclear in the peninsula, tackle the security concerns of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and maintain peace and stability in the peninsula, he said.

China hopes the US non-official delegation's visit to a DPRK nuclear complex will help the United States and the DPRK enhance mutual understanding and promote dialogue, said Kong.

In August 2003, China, the DPRK, the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan held six-party talks on the nuclear issue in the Korean Peninsula.

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