N.Korea denuclearization talks begin in Shenyang

Updated: 2007-08-16 18:41

SHENYANG -- Negotiators to the six-party talks started a working group meeting on Korean Peninsula denuclearization Thursday afternoon in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei, who chaired the meeting, said in his opening remarks that the meeting was held to make preparations for the next session of six-party talks.

"We will focus our energy on the discussion of how to move forward the process of Korean Peninsula denuclearization," said Wu, who is the chief envoy of the Chinese delegation to the talks.

"The Chinese delegation is prepared to work with all other delegations to ensure that our session will make positive results, " he said.

As for the time frame of the meeting, Wu said he hopes it will be completed within two days as scheduled, though the six-party talks seem to have a habit of postponement.

The two-day meeting, one of the five working group meetings under a February agreement of the six-party talks, came after Pyongyang's shut-down and sealing of its Yongbyon nuclear facility in July and its acceptance of verification of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The chief delegates to the six-party talks agreed in their last meeting in July to hold the meetings of the five working groups in August.

The Shenyang meeting was held days after the working group meeting of economy and energy cooperation at the truce village of Panmunjom from August 7 to 8, and is part of the efforts to lay ground works for a second session of the 6th round of six-party talks in early September and the ministerial meeting afterwards.

The first meeting of the denuclearization working group was held in Beijing on March 17 and 18 ahead of the sixth round of talks.

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