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Heads meeting of six-party talks ends
Updated: 2005-09-18 10:43

The heads of delegations to the six-party talks concluded their brief meeting Sunday morning, but the agenda for the next step remained unknown, according to diplomatic sources. 

Japan: Six parties still have chance to reach agreement

Japanese chief negotiator Sasae Kenichiro said here Sunday morning that all parties to the six-party talks "still have a chance" to reach an agreement on thedraft common document.

Hill: Differences on wording of draft common document remain

Chief US negotiator Christopher Hill said here Sunday that differences among the delegations to the six-party talks over the wording of the draft common document remained.

"The issue is how we express the elements in the text," said Hill, also US assistant secretary of state, adding that the delegation of the United States prefers a less ambiguous text.

Before leaving the hotel, Hill said that they are all supportive of the document though some delegations prefer to leave something more ambiguous.

"We are going to stay another day," said Hill.

The six delegations from China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan, were supposed to have a plenary session Sunday morning, which, however, was replaced by a meeting of delegations heads due to unknown reason.

The delegation heads' meeting was going on by press time.

Last night, said Hill, he had talks with the Chinese and Russian delegations, as well as a "good" dinner. Enditem

Chief negotiators meet to continue discussing draft joint document

Chief negotiators were at a meeting here Sunday morning to continue discussing the draft joint document proposed by the Chinese side, diplomatic sources said.

A plenary session of the six parties to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, which was scheduled to begin at 9:00 Sunday morning, was postponed, and the time of its opening was unknown.

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