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FM denies $3 billion NK investment deal (3)

By Liu Linlin (Global Times)

08:34, February 17, 2012

Soldiers in wide-brimmed caps saluted a smiling portrait of the former leader while civilians bowed deeply before the image as solemn music played.

Kim Jong-un, believed to be in his late 20s, led the commemoration inside Kumsusan, where his father's embalmed body will lie in state. Kim Il-sung's body is already on display there.

North Korean and US officials will hold talks in Beijing next week about a possible resumption of the six-party nuclear talks, a meeting which could provide some clues about Kim Jong-un's policy priorities, AFP reported.

The US has said that North Korea shutting down its uranium enrichment facilities under the monitoring of the International Atomic Energy Agency is a key condition for the talks to resume.

"China's nonproliferation stance is clear and firm. Beijing is willing to offer a platform for multilateral talks to help solve the issue, but a settlement still requires solid denuclearization moves from Pyongyang," Lü said.

Also Thursday, Yonhap reported that South Korea and the US plan to stage joint anti-submarine drills next week off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula.

The five-day drills to be held off the port city of Gunsan are aimed at enhancing the allies' defense readiness and deterring potential attacks by the North, the report said.

The two sides agreed last year to conduct anti-submarine exercises biannually.

Agencies contributed to this story

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