DPRK says will "do its utmost" for progress in nuclear talks

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday called for an in-depth discussion at the upcoming fourth round of the six-party talks on ways of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and pledged full efforts to achieve progress.

"The resumption of the talks itself is important, but the most essential thing is for the talks to have an in-depth discussion on ways of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula to make substantial progress in the talks," said a spokesman of the DPRK's Foreign Ministry.

"The DPRK will do its utmost for it," he added.

The remarks came one day after DPRK's Vice-Minister of Foreign Ministry Kim Kye-gwan and US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, both heads of their countries' delegations to the six-party talks, announced in Beijing on Saturday to open a new round of the six-party talks in the week beginning July 25, 2005.

"The resumption of the six-party talks that have remained deadlocked for over one year is entirely thanks to the sincere efforts made by the DPRK for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the spokesman said. "Our consistent stand to attain the goal of denuclearization through dialogue and negotiations has never changed."

He said the talks have been deadlocked till now because the United States refused to recognize Pyongyang as a dialogue partner.

The outcome of the latest contact between the DPRK and the United States proves that it is possible to settle any problem when the parties concerned try to directly solve it, said the spokesman.

"The neighboring countries supporting the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and those related to it have also made efforts for the resumption of the talks," he said.

The six-party talks, which involves China, DPRK, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States, last met in June 2004. Since then, Pyongyang has refused to attend, citing "hostile" US policies.

The nuclear row erupted in 2002 when US officials said the DPRK had admitted to having a secret uranium enrichment program, in addition to its acknowledged plutonium-based one, a claim denied by the DPRK.

Source: Xinhua

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