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China says U.S.-N.Korea meeting to help restart six-party talks

RIA Novosti


BEIJING, December 10 (RIA Novosti) - The talks held between a U.S. special envoy and North Korea will help restart six-party negotiations on the Korean peninsula denuclearization, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said on Thursday.

Stephen Bosworth held talks with North Korea on persuading Pyongyang to return to the six-party negotiations on the Korean peninsula denuclearization on Wednesday. The Western media said the negotiations were "useful."

"Signs of improvement have appeared in the situation when it is necessary to show flexibility to make progress on the issue of restarting the six-party negotiations," the Chinese diplomat said on the eve of the U.S. special envoy's arrival to Beijing.

Zhang declined, however, to specify whether Beijing had received information from North Korea on the course of the negotiations in Pyongyang.

The six-party negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program, which involve Russia, the United States, China, Japan and the two Koreas, came to a halt in April when North Korea walked out of negotiations in protest against the United States' condemnation of its missile tests.

The North has recently hinted that it was willing to return to six-party talks, but insisted it first negotiate directly with the United States to repair "hostile relations."

Washington has been cautious about the expectations of Bosworth's trip, emphasizing that his visit is solely aimed at bringing the reclusive communist regime to talks in multilateral format rather than engaging in bilateral discussions of North Korea denuclearization issues.


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