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(LEAD) China, Russia discuss resumption of nuclear talks with N. Korea

2013/10/23 16:41

(ATTN: ADDS Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman's quotes in paras 4-5)

BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Yonhap) -- The chief nuclear envoys from China and Russia held talks earlier this week during which they discussed ways to resume the long-stalled multilateral talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program, China's foreign ministry said Wednesday.

The meeting between China's chief delegate to the six-party talks, Wu Dawei, and his Russian counterpart, Igor Morgulov, took place on Monday in Beijing, the ministry said in a brief statement.

The nuclear envoys "exchanged in-depth views on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the resumption of the six-party talks," the statement said.

During a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon, China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that Beijing has been "in close communication with all relevant parties of the six-party talks."

   "We always maintain that the Korean nuclear issue should be solved through consultations and negotiations within the framework of the six-party talks," Hua said. "Therefore, we stay in touch with all relevant parties and call on all parties to create conditions for an early resumption of the six-party talks."

   The Monday meeting came a day after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev started a two-day visit to China for talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

China and Russia are members of the off-and-on six-party talks. The multilateral forum, involving the two Koreas, China, the U.S., Japan and Russia, has been stalled since late 2008. North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests since 2006.

China has been keen to restart the six-party talks, but South Korea and the U.S. insist that a new round of talks will not take place unless North Korea demonstrates its seriousness about denuclearization through concrete actions.

kdh@yna.co.kr

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