BEIJING -- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo hosted a banquet on
Tuesday evening for the envoys attending the six-party talks on Korean Peninsula
nuclear issue, saying the negotiations are "deepening" despite twists and turns
in the talks.
Dai urged the parties concerned to show sincerity and make utmost efforts to
take pragmatic steps in realizing denuclearization on Korean Peninsula and
normalization of bilateral relations.
But Dai underlined complexity of the nuclear issue, saying "it is natural
that some fluctuations and difficulties come up" in the nuclear disarmament
The six-party talks entered the second day of negotiations Tuesday, which
resumed in Beijing on Monday after a 13-month hiatus, but with analysts
predicting that negotiations will be tough.
The current round of talks will emphasize and fix on specific measures to
fully implement the joint statement in September 2005, under which the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed to abandon its nuclear
program in exchange for economic aid and security guarantees.
Formally known as the second phase of the fifth round since 2003, the talks
involving China, the DPRK, the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Japan
and Russia, are set to be open-ended.
It was the first talks since the DPRK conducted an underground nuclear test
on October 9, triggering protests from the international community and
complicating the Korean nuclear issue.
"The talks are aimed to expand consensus, increase understanding, narrow
differences and remove estrangement through dialogue and consultations," said
In the past two days, all parties have held in-depth exchanges of views on
implementing the joint statement in the form of plenary meeting, chief
negotiators' meeting and one-on-one contacts, and increased mutual
understanding, said Dai.
It is of great significance for the parties to reaffirm the pledges made the
in the joint statement, discuss the ways and procedures to implement the
statement and push forward the peace process of the Korean Peninsula nuclear
issue, Dai added.