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(NK rocket) China's state-run media urges early resumption of six-party talks

All Headlines 13:02 December 12, 2012

By Kim Young-gyo

HONG KONG, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- China's state-run news media urged Wednesday an early resumption of the six-nation talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear program, following the secretive regime's rocket launch earlier in the day.

North Korea launched a long-range rocket at 9:51 a.m. local time, going ahead with its original plan to send it into space between Dec. 10 and 22. Many North Korean experts had expected the secretive regime may delay the launch for a few weeks.

Xinhua News Agency published a commentary titled "For peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula," claiming the now dormant multilateral negotiations forum is the best way to create an environment for North Korea to peacefully use its right."

The six-party talks, which involve the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia, have been stalled since late 2008 amid North Korea's boycott.

North Korea has long been claiming that it has the right to peaceful use of outer space and the rocket launch was aimed at putting a scientific satellite into orbit.

"The different views among interested parties over how to achieve the goal has resulted in the interruption of the six party talks," said the Xinhua commentary authored by Gao Haorong, an international issue researcher with the news agency.

"However, the goal has not changed, and cannot be changed. In order to achieve it, the parties should consider the greater good with a calm and restrained attitude."

Since the start of the six-party talks nearly 10 year ago, any party's unilateral action has not conduced the solution of the problem, but has made the situation even more complicated, Xinhua said, citing the U.S. financial sanctions in 2005.

It claimed North Korea's nuclear tests and other provocative moves followed such hostile actions.

"Now that the North Korean rocket has been launched it is time for the relevant parities to bring all the issues to the negotiation table, rather than taking a drastic action," the commentary said.

"Any delay or refusal to have a dialogue is an undesirable attitude."


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