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Speaker suggests parliament-level six-party talks

All News 09:16 January 16, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun on Monday proposed parliamentary-level six-party talks to help revive the stalled multinational negotiations aimed at denuclearizing North Korea.

The six-party talks involving South and North Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia were halted in late 2008.

"South Korea's National Assembly intends to push for parliament-level six-party talks this year," Chung said during the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) held in Fiji.

"If parliament-level six-party talks are launched, we can take advantage of parliament diplomacy which is relatively flexible compared to government-level diplomacy," Chung said.

The speaker reiterated that the global community must take strong actions against North Korea's provocations that threaten Asia-Pacific peace and security.

But he also emphasized the need of a two-track approach of engagement and sanctions. "In resolving Pyongyang's nukes, sanctions are just a means, not an ultimate goal," he said.

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