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Russia, Singapore say N.Korea nuclear talks should continue

RIA Novosti

12:45 16/11/2009 SINGAPORE, November 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Singapore are in favor of continuing talks on North Korea's nuclear issue, according to a joint statement adopted during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's official visit to Singapore.

The six-party negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program, which involve Russia, the United States, China, Japan and the two Koreas, stalled late last year when Pyongyang missed a deadline to hand over nuclear data as part of a deal under which the North was promised economic aid and diplomatic incentives.

"The sides discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula and spoke in favor of the implementation of the UN Security Council's resolution by all states, as well as for the continuation of the six-party negotiation process on the Korean nuclear issue," the statement says.

The document also urges a political and diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

"The sides also support a speedy political and diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear program and call on Iran to undertake all the necessary measures to restore the trust of the international community in its purely civilian nature," the document says.

The Islamic Republic has consistently denied it is seeking to make nuclear weapons and has insisted on its right to a peaceful program aimed at generating electricity.

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