BEIJING - UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei has called for
international talks on North Korea's nuclear program to restart immediately, as
he prepared for meetings with senior Chinese officials.
Giving a lecture at Beijing's
Tsinghua University, ElBaradei reiterated his belief that global diplomacy was
the most effective way to solve the stand-offs over the nuclear ambitions of
North Korea and Iran.
atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei, seen here, has called for
international talks on North Korea's nuclear program to restart
immediately, as he prepared for meetings with senior Chinese officials.
"The case of North Korea, if anything, underscores the importance of such
cases for the international community... to engage in an immediate and sustained
dialogue to address the situation and its underlying causes," he said.
ElBaradei also warned in a lecture in Japan on Sunday against the diplomatic
isolation of North Korea and Iran, saying confrontation would only lead them to
accelerate their nuclear programs.
His spokesman said that while in China ElBaradei would meet with senior
officials from the Chinese foreign ministry to discuss the North Korean nuclear
The spokesman said he may also meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao or
Premier Wen Jiabao, although this had yet to be confirmed.
North Korea agreed on October 31 to return to six-nation negotiations on
ending its nuclear program. But two days of talks in Beijing last week between
US and North Korean negotiators failed to set a date for the new round.
ElBaradei arrived in Beijing from Japan on Monday afternoon and is due to
depart on Thursday.