Six parties gather in Beijing for nuclear talks
Updated: 2005-11-08 01:29
With the arrival of the US
delegation in Beijing, all negotiators to the fifth round of six-party talks
converged here Tuesday for a peaceful solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear
The delegation of the Republic of Korea (ROK) arrived here Monday, and other
delegations, including the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Russia,
Japan and the United States arrived here successively on Tuesday.
US chief negotiator Christopher Hill told reporters upon his arrival in
Beijing that the first step in the way ahead is to lookat the issue of the
denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula and begin to see how the agreements and
the principles can be put intopractices.
ROK chief negotiator Song Min-soon said in Beijing Monday afternoon that the
upcoming fifth round of the six-party talks will lay the groundwork for carrying
out the first joint statement reached during the fourth round of the talks.
"There will be intensive consultations in this round of the six-party talks,"
Song told Xinhua. He and his delegates were the first to arrive in Beijing for
the talks, scheduled for Nov. 9.
Aiming at resolving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, China hosted
four rounds of six-party talks with the latest one adopting the first joint
statement in September this year.
The DPRK pledged in the statement to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing
nuclear programs and return, at an early date,to the Treaty on the
Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, in exchange for energy aid and security
The fifth round of the six-party talks is expected to discuss how to follow
through on the statement.
Kim Gye-gwan, head of the DPRK delegation to the six-party talks, said at
Pyongyang's Sun-an Airport before departure to Beijing earlier Tuesday morning
that his country is willing to make sincere efforts to fulfil the joint
statement at the upcomingfifth-round talks.
"The DPRK cherishes the joint statement formed in the previous round. We are
willing to make sincere efforts at this round of thetalks to fulfil the spirit
of the joint statement," he said.
The DPRK delegation head said the talks have already had a clear direction,
which guides the six parties all the way forward like a lighthouse.
"But the lighthouse is too far away from the DPRK and becomes less visible
sometimes as the sea is always full of fogs," Kim said.
However, he said, all the parties involved could pool their wisdom and work
together for further progress.
Russia's chief negotiator Alexander Alexeyev said Tuesday upon arrival in
Beijing that Russia will cooperate with the DPRK in a bid to make substantial
result in the new round of the six-party talks.
Sasae Kenichiro, head of the Japanese delegation, said here Tuesday that
Japan is particularly interested in the implementation of the agreement already
reached by all sides, especially the process of denuclearization.
Japan will also express its views on future actions in the talks, he noted.
The fifth round of six-party talks will open on Nov. 9 and is expected to
last for three days as the first phase. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Kong
Quan said earlier that "holding the talks by phases in the new round could have
a better result," as the chief negotiators of some parties might also attend the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit slated for mid-November in Pusan,