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Heads of delegations to six-party talks fixed: China

PLA Daily 2004-02-20

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- China on Thursday said that the heads of the delegations to the upcoming second round of six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue have been fixed.

The talks, to begin on Feb. 25, involve China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan.

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said here Thursday that Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi will head the Chinese delegation to the talks.

According to information provided by related parties, the heads of the other five delegations are Kim Kye-gwan, deputy foreign minister of the DPRK, Mitoji Yabunaka, director-general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Lee Soo-Hyuck, the ROK's deputy minister of foreign affairs and trade, Alexander Losiukov, Russian deputy foreign minister, and James Kelly, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the United States, Zhang said.

The first round of six-party talks were held in Beijing in August 2003.

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