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UPDATED: 09:36, September 20, 2005
World leaders welcome agreement
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Global leaders and the international nuclear watchdog chief Monday hailed the outcome of the Six-Party Talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Republic of Korea (ROK) President Roh Moo-hyun welcomed the joint statement adopted at the talks as "epoch-making," and one which establishes "principles" for the ending of the issue.

Roh also expressed appreciation especially for the efforts by host China that helped bring about the breakthrough in the long-term efforts to resolve the nuclear issue, according to a news release issued Monday by the ROK Presidential Office.

Quoting Roh, the release said: "The adoption of the joint statement in the fourth round of the Six-Party Talks heralds a crucial chance to resolve" the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear issue.

It also expressed the hope that the joint statement can provide momentum in stabilizing the Korean Peninsula.

Russia welcomed the DPRK's promise to abandon nuclear weapons and expressed hope in the successful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"The results of the fourth round of talks in Beijing give us hope for the future successful continuation of the six-party process leading to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei Monday extended a warm welcome to the outcome, saying he hoped the IAEA would return to the DPRK for inspection as soon as possible.

ElBaradei lauded the commitment of the DPRK to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes. "There is a balanced package," he said.

In Washington, President George W. Bush's spokesman said Monday the White House was pleased with the DPRK's agreement to end its nuclear weapons programme, while expressing caution about whether Pyongyang will make good on its promises.

In New York, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, "Our view is that this is a good statement. The DPRK has made the decision to get rid of its weapons and all existing nuclear programs ... They've made the commitment to get out of the nuclear business."

The European Union Monday welcomed Pyongyang's decision to abandon its pursuit of nuclear arms.

"I am delighted ... that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has now made a strategic choice to take the path of co-operation," Javier Solana, the EU's security affairs chief, said in a statement.

In Tokyo, Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura welcomed the joint statement.

The DPRK's commitment to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes in a verifiable manner for the first time will "provide an important basis" for the Six-Party Talks to realize the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, said Machimura.

A spokesman for Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the DPRK's decision was a good step towards ensuring there were no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

The DPRK "is going to be more secure, not less secure, by following this path," the spokesman told Australian Associated Press.

Source: China Daily


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