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China to lobby for 4th round six-party talks
Updated: 2004-10-13 01:19

Chinese ambassador on the Korean Peninsula affairs Ning Fukui will pay visits to the related countries for discussions on the fourth round of six-party nuclear talks, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue in Beijing Tuesday at a regular press conference.

 "China still hopes the fourth round of six-party talks could be held as early as possible," Zhang said.

Ning's visits are "a big step" toward resolving the DPRK nuclear issue through dialogue, said Zhang, adding China "has been keeping close contact with all relevant parties and done a great deal of persuasion and promotion work.

 "All relevant parties have reached consensus, fixed the goal of realizing a nuclear weapons-free peninsula and agreed to solve all concerned problems through the mechanism of six-party talks," she said.

She said all the parties "should rely on dialogues to settle the problems, in the spirit of mutual respect and equal consultation, since only through dialogues and negotiations can the six parties narrow the gap, enlarge consensus and establish mutual trust."

The six-party talks involve the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Russia and China.

The fourth round of talks failed to happen before the end of September, which was scheduled by the six parties during their third-round meeting in June.

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