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RUSSIA AND CHINA HAVE COMMON VIEWS ON SOLUTION OF NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR PROBLEM

RIA Novosti

BEIJING, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and China have formed a common position on the solution of North Korean nuclear problem, Russian deputy foreign minister Alexander Alekseyev told the journalists at the end of a round of consultations with Chinese officials in Beijing.

"During consultations, the sides agreed that they share common views on the solution of the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula," Alekseyev announced.

He said both sides consider it necessary to renew six-party talks as soon as possible. Alekseyev emphasized that the renewal of talks would be the best step toward the solution of the nuclear problem in the region.

"Both Russia and China believe that the six-way negotiation process will suit the best the task of freeing the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons," Alekseyev underlined. The Russian diplomat added that it was the major goal of all sides participating in the talks.

"We also believe that the final solution of this problem meets state interests of Russia and China," Alekseyev stated.

The deputy foreign minister also told the journalists that during the consultations in Beijing, the sides informed one another of the content of their dialogue with other participants of the talks.

The sides agreed to coordinate mutual efforts aimed at the renewal of the negotiation process in the near future and determine the date of the next round of talks, the Russian diplomat added.

Alekseyev agreed with opinion expressed earlier by the Chinese side that participants of the talks during the visit of US State Secretary Condoleezza Rice and North Korean Prime Minister Pak Pong-ju to China failed to achieve significant progress in the negotiation process.

Nevertheless, Alekseyev underlined, the efforts of Russian and China would still be pointed at the renewal of six-party talks in the near future. Alekseyev also stressed that consultations with various participants of the talks indicate the persistence of serious worries and other problems in the negotiation process.

"We do not expect any breakthroughs in the near future," the Russian diplomat added.



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