Denuclearization talks "candid and serious"

Updated: 2007-08-17 19:28

SHENYANG -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) put forward its detailed considerations on the declaration of its nuclear programs and disablement of nuclear facilities at a working group meeting which concluded in Shenyang Friday afternoon.

According to a paper released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, at the two-day meeting, the parties had "candid and serious" discussions on specific issues concerning moving forward the denuclearization process of the Korean Peninsula.

"The DPRK side introduced in detail its considerations on the complete declaration of nuclear programs, nuclear materials and nuclear facilities and disablement of existing nuclear facilities, " it said.

The six parties agreed to continue their close consultations and implement their commitments made in earlier statement and agreement "in a comprehensive, balanced and phased manner in line with the principle of action for action," it said

The chief delegates to the six-party talks, involving China, DPRK, the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan, agreed in their last meeting in July to hold the meetings of the five working groups in August.

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

The United States and the DPRK are expected to meet at the end of August on normalization of bilateral relations, but time and venue are not set yet.

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