China hopes that nations taking part in renewed talks next week on North
Korea's nuclear program will be flexible in order to make substantial progress,
a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.
should "show flexibility and a pragmatic attitude and take concrete steps to
achieve positive results" during the six-nation negotiations, ministry spokesman
Qin Gang said.
Beijing announced Monday that the talks will resume on December 18, ending a
13-month boycott by Pyongyang in protest at US financial sanctions.
"We believe that the success of the talks depends on whether the results move
toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, whether it goes in the
direction of peace and stability in northeast Asia," Qin said at a regular
He said there will be bilateral and multilateral meetings among the envoys of
the six countries, but he did not give details.
The talks will be attended by host China, the US, North Korea, South Korea,
Japan and Russia.
Discussions will focus on how to implement a joint declaration of September
19, 2005, in which the North agreed to abandon its nuclear development program
in exchange for aid and security guarantees, Qin said.
The resumption of the talks shows that the negotiators "are ready to explore
how to implement their obligations and commitments" outlined in the declaration.
It is hoped all parties will implement the joint statement in a
"comprehensive and balanced way," Qin said.