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China, Russia agree to address N. Korean nukes within 6-party format

All Headlines 15:11 June 17, 2011

By Kim Young-gyo

HONG KONG, June 17 (Yonhap) -- China and Russia have agreed to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue only within the multilateral framework involving six countries, the Chinese government said Friday, a move seen as a push to restart long-stalled talks.

The Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement that Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a joint statement Thursday in Moscow on the current international situation and major international issues, which included North Korea's nuclear program.

Hu was in Russia this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the two countries' signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation.

"The two sides agreed that the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula should be resolved only within the framework of the six-party talks through political and diplomatic means, and reaffirmed their commitment to the talks," the statement said, stressing that the talks should be resumed as soon as possible.

The nuclear talks, aimed to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal through economic and political incentives, have been stalled since December 2008 due to North Korea's boycott and tensions over its two deadly attacks on the South last year. The talks involve the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia.

North Korea has further chilled the mood for dialogue in recent weeks, saying it will no longer deal with South Korea and divulging details of a series of secret meetings held between the two Koreas.

The two leaders of China and Russian also agreed that "reducing the intensity of military activities in the region will help create the conditions for the resumption of negotiations," the Chinese foreign ministry said.


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