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DPRK willing to resume nuke talks
By Qin Jize (China Daily)
Updated: 2004-11-30 01:23

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said it is important to resume the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula's nuclear issue.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said during a regular press conference yesterday that the DPRK has told a visiting Chinese envoy that it is committed to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and to resuming the six-party talks.

China's special ambassador for the nuclear issue in the Korean Peninsula, Ning Fukui, paid a three-day visit to Pyongyang last week.

The DPRK believes a new round of six-party talks should be substantial.

That country is willing "to make preparations and efforts," Zhang said.

However, no timeline has been set as DPRK has said it wants to watch United State's policy towards DPRK after the shuffling of US cabinet posts since the recent election.

Meanwhile, China has been working towards the early opening of the next round talks and has maintained close contacts with all parties involved.

Efforts to revive the talks "are going on non-stop," Zhang said and hoped the six-party talks or working group talks could be held as soon as possible.

She also called on all parties to show "sincerity and flexibility" to push for a quick resumption of the talks.

Ning met several senior DPRK officials, including Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan.

The new round of six-party talks was initially scheduled to be held by the end of September, but it was stalled.

The talks involve China, DPRK, the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan.

Iran's nuclear issue

China welcomes the resolution of Iran's nuclear issue adopted by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Zhang said.

She said she believed that the resolution would help move towards a settlement within the framework of IAEA.

"It will help to strengthen the international non-proliferation regime and safeguard every country's right to make use of nuclear power," she said.

She added that China is willing to work with the international community to play a constructive role in realizing the goal.

The United Nations nuclear agency board on Monday passed a resolution after Teheran agreed to a total freeze on all uranium enrichment activities.

Dalai Lama's visit

China opposes visits by the Dalai Lama to any country that has established diplomatic relations with China, said Zhang.

She said the Dalai Lama is a separatist figure hiding under a cloak of religion.

She said China does not understand why Russia granted him a permission to visit and hoped Russia would strictly abide by relevant political agreements between the two countries.

The Dalai Lama arrived on Monday in the Kalmykia Republic in southern Russia.

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