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6 parties to start drafting common document
By Hu Xiao (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-30 07:14

The six parties of the ongoing talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue will start drafting a common document on Saturday, a Japanese diplomatic source said on Friday.

Christopher Hill (front L), U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and top U.S. negotiator for the six-party talks, speaks to journalists at a hotel in Beijing July 30, 2005. [Reuters]
"Tomorrow, all the parties will start the drafting process for a common document," said the Japanese official who declined to be named.

But he did not say what the document would state.

The Six-Party Talks, which involve China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan, will "enter a new stage," he told a press conference.

ROK deputy chief delegate Cho Tae-yong said on Friday that there will be another meeting of top delegates on Saturday.

Observers said the frequency of one-on-one meetings between the DPRK and the United States raised hopes that progress could be made in reaching an agreement on the first phase of action to realize a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

The two sides have held at least four one-on-one meetings since Tuesday, struggling to bridge their differences. And more such talks are expected.
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