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Six-Party Talks continue into final day
(China Daily/Agencies)
Updated: 2005-09-19 05:48

The fourth round of the Six-Party Talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue are nearing an end, the Chinese delegation spokesman said yesterday.

Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo shakes hands with Christopher Hill, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and top US negotiator for the six-party talks before a banquet in Beijing September 17, 2005.[Reuters]
"The talks are nearing an end and will continue on Monday," said spokesman Liu Jianchao without giving a timetable.

That means the talks will extend to a seventh day as negotiators are struggling over a joint document.

China set forth a new draft common document on Friday, which involves the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) right to civilian nuclear programmes and a light-water nuclear reactor.

If passed, the document will be the first of its kind since Six-Party Talks began in 2003.

The chief delegates met twice yesterday morning and exchanged views on the Chinese-proposed amendment to the fourth draft of the joint document.

Japanese chief negotiator Kenichiro Sasae said the delegates were studying the draft. "I believe there is a possibility of reaching an agreement," he told reporters. "Talks are in the direction of advancing now more than they were yesterday."
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