Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Monday, September 01, 2003

Beijing Six-party Talks Reach Six-Point Consensus

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister WangYi told a press conference Friday that during the Beijing six-party talks, the People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) indicated that the DPRK is willing to give up its nuclear plans.


Six-point Consensus Reached at Talks: Vice FM
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a press conference Friday that during the Beijing six-party talks, the People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) indicated that the DPRK is willing to give up its nuclear plans.

The DPRK is willing to peacefully coexist with the United States as long as the US side changes its policy towards the DPRK and stops threatening the DPRK, stressed Wang.

The DPRK longs for peace and the nuclear-free of the Korean peninsula is the objective of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), he stressed.

Wang told the press conference that during the Beijing six-party talks, the United States stressed that the Korean nuclear issue should be resolved through peaceful means.

The United States said that it has no intention to threaten, invade or attack the DPRK, according to Wang, also head of the Chinese delegation to the talks.

The two sides contacted each other during the six-party talks and their meeting lasted about 40 minutes, Wang told reporters.

He said he believes that the DPRK and the United States have enhanced their understanding through the contact.

The Chinese side has always been working for a peaceful resolution to the nuclear issue, and China's efforts would not yield any result if there is no support from other parties, added Wang.

Wang said that the concerns of the United States, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and other parties should be addressed at the same time.

Under the circumstances of severe distrust between the United States and the DPRK, to address the concerns simultaneously would be a practical and feasible approach, Wang stressed.

Both the United States and the DPRK put forward their demands and wishes at the six-party talks which wrapped up Friday noon. Other parties also explained their positions and proposals.

As a result, a consensus has been reached that the concerns of relevant parties should be addressed simultaneously and in good order, he said.

Wang said the six parties have reached six-point consensus on the Korean nuclear issue:

-- to resolve the nuclear issue through peaceful means and dialogue. They stressed that the stability and long-termpeace should be maintained on the Korean Peninsula;

-- while nuclear-free of the Korean Peninsula should be realized, the security concerns of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea should also be taken into consideration;

-- to explore an overall plan to resolve the nuclear issue in a just and reasonable manner;

-- in the process of negotiations any action that may aggravate the situation should be avoided;

-- dialogue should continue to establish trust, reduce differences and broaden common ground;

-- the six-party talks should continue and the specific date and venue should be decided through diplomatic channels as soon as possible.

Wang said the six-point consensus demonstrated the spirit of understanding and cooperation, and laid a solid and necessary foundation for the next round of talks.

China thinks the talks are useful, and marked an important step towards the peaceful solution of the nuclear issue, he said.

China is satisfied with the commongrounds reached at the Beijing six-party talks on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula, he said.

Wang said the talks had set the goal for nuclear-free of the Korean Peninsula, jumped start the process of peaceful cooperation and reached unanimous view on the parallel or simultaneous format of talks to be held, thus laying necessary ground for the continuation of the talks.

Wang told the press conference that the Chinese side regards the talks as conducive and an important step forward for a peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue.

The most urgent matter at present is to keep the dialogue momentum and make the Beijing talks process to continue, according to the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister.

In response to a question at the press conference, Wang said the Korean nuclear issue has a very complicated historical background and the solution to this issue requires a process, most probably a twisting process.

However, Wang said, so long as all parties have the political will and sincerity, a solution to this issue can be realized completely.

What is important is attitude and means to be taken to solve the issue, noted Wang, saying that the Chinese side always supports a peaceful resolution to the disputes through dialogues.

Wang Yi told Friday's news conference that China hopes Japan and the DPRK to solve the issue of kidnapped Japanese through talks. This is an unsettled case between Japan and the DPRK, he said.

Wang made the remarks when asked to comment about Japan's stance that the kidnapping issue should be solved together with the nuclear issue.

The international community, including China, opposes the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to own nuclear weapons.

When asked that how will the six-party talks be affected if DPRK undertake nuclear experiment and declare it as a nuclear country, Wang said China is not willing to view the depicted situation.

A nuclear-free peninsula is in line with the basic interest of the people there and is conducive to the peace and stability in Northeast Asia and the world, he said.

All relevant sides should help create a favorable environment for the process of resolving the Korean nuclear issue, he said.

Wang said that China hopes all relevant sides should play an positive role in promoting the process of resolving the Korean nuclear issue peacefully.

Wang said all six sides of the talks have pledged that they will not take any action that may escalate the tension of situation while the talks continue. He said it was a consensus reached at the talks.

The six sides have agreed to hold a new round of six-party talks, with the date and venue to be decided through diplomatic channels.

The six-party talks have been held to make the parties involved have a full, detailed and accurate understanding of each other's positions and thus lay a basis for future talks.

Wang said this was the first time for the six parties to get together, and only after a full understanding of one another's positions can they work together to seek solutions to the problem.

Specific solutions to the Korean nuclear issue will be left to future talks. Before relevant specific solutions were pursued, the basic direction of how to resolve the issue should be set, the vice-minister said.

Wang said during the three-day talks, all parties expressed and exchanged their views on the Korean nuclear issue, and on the whole they agreed that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States should resolve each other's concerns simultaneously.

According to Wang, all parties attending the talks agreed that in resolving the Korean issue, the concerns of relevant parties should be addressed simultaneously and in good order.

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