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New round six-party talks to have substantial discussions:Chinese vice FM

PLA Daily 2004-02-16

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- The second round six-party talks will have "substantial" discussions over the nuclear issue of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), said a visiting Chinese diplomat here on Saturday.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, Vice Foreign Minister Choi Young-jin, Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Soo-hyuck as well as National Security Advisor Kwon Chin-ho on Saturday over the six-nation nuclear talks, said a press release of the Chinese delegation on Sunday.

Wang said the second round multilateral nuclear talks will start up discussions with "substantial content", "which is an important symbol that the process of the talks will go deeply," said the press release.

"After intensified coordination of the involving parties, it is ready to talk about tangible matters for conditions and foundation were possessed," Wang was quoted as saying.

"China hopes the concerning parties will display flexibility in the coming new round nuclear talks, narrow differences and increase consensus, and try to fix concrete goal and direction of solving the DPRK nuclear issue, then make a tangible step," the release said.

While, South Korean officials highly praised what China did for the peaceful talks over the DPRK nuclear issue.

And South Korea is willing to cooperate with China to produce "visible" result in the multilateral talks to be held from Feb. 25 in Beijing, according to the release.

The two countries called on all parties involved to take more active, realistic and constructive attitude to prepare the second round nuclear talks.

The two countries also hoped that parties involved not to take any actions to excite the others, thus to create amicable atmosphere for the nuclear talks, said the release.

The Chinese vice foreign minister arrived here on Friday evening from Tokyo and returned to Beijing earlier Sunday.

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