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(2nd LD) China urges 'big picture' for resumption of nuclear talks with N. Korea

2013/09/10 22:32

(ATTN: ADDS U.S. envoy's arrival in Beijing, quote in last 2 paras)

BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) -- China on Tuesday urged nations involved in the long-stalled nuclear talks with North Korea to "bear in mind the big picture" for resuming the six-party process, as South Korea and the U.S. have been cool toward an informal multilateral meeting proposed by Beijing to discuss the future of the dialogue.

China has recently suggested a mid-September gathering of senior government officials and academics from the six countries that have been involved in the off-and-on talks on denuclearizing North Korea. The talks, which involve the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia, have been stalled since late 2008.

"We hope all relevant parties to bear in the mind the big picture and make joint efforts to create conditions for the resumption of the six-party talks," China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters during a regular press briefing.

"We have repeatedly stressed that China stands for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Hong said, calling for nations to "solve relevant issues within the framework of the six-party talks."

   China has suggested Sept. 18 as a possible date for the informal meeting, meant to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the start of the six-party talks.

South Korea and the U.S., however, have remained firm on their stance that they won't begin any disarmament talks with North Korea unless it demonstrates its seriousness about denuclearization through concrete actions.

In particular, the U.S. has been less amenable to negotiations with the North since Pyongyang scotched a food-for-nuclear-moratorium deal early last year by announcing a plan to launch a long-range rocket.

North Korea launched another long-range rocket in December last year and conducted its third nuclear test in February. After months of high tensions, Pyongyang has reached out to Seoul and Washington.

Earlier in the day in Seoul, the U.S. special envoy on North Korea policy, Glyn Davies, reaffirmed the stance, saying, "I don't think it is yet time really for the heads of the delegation of the six-party process to get together because I do not believe that we yet have the conditions."

   Davies arrived in Beijing late Tuesday and is set to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart on Wednesday.

Asked about China's efforts to resume the six-party process, Davies told reporters upon his arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport, "We will work together." He didn't elaborate further.