The heads of the delegations for the Beijing talks shake hands before the start of talks August 27, 2003. They are (left to right) Mitoji Yabunaka, director general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of Japan's Foreign Ministry; James Kelly, US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs; DPRK Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Yong-il; Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Wang Yi; Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losiukov and Lee Soo-hyuck, ROK deputy minister of foreign affairs and trade.[]

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