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UPDATED: 16:52, September 20, 2005
US urged to take practical action together with DPRK
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday urged the United States to take practical actions together with it in accordance with the principles laid out in a joint statement.

"All the sides concerned made promises in the joint statement issued on the second phase of the fourth round of the six-party talks," Kim Gye-gwan, head of the DPRK's delegation to the six-party talks, told Xinhua at the Sun'an airport when he was back in Pyongyang.

"The DPRK will do what it should do. We as well hope the US would take practical actions to fulfil its promise," he said.

The second phase of the fourth round of the six-party talks established the principles for the process of the Korean Peninsula's denuclearization. "We hope that the US would faithfully fulfil these principles together with the DPRK," he added.

"The consensus is important, but the more important thing is to practice the consensus," Kim Yong-il, deputy minister of the DPRK's Foreign Ministry, told Xinhua at the airport.

He said that the fifth round of the talks will focus on the concrete actions on the phase of "action for action."

He appreciated the efforts made by the Chinese government and appealed to other sides attending the talks to make efforts to eliminate the dark clouds of Cold War on the peninsula as soon as possible.

Kim also described the joint statement as a victory of all the people who desire peace and stabilization on the Korean Peninsula.

As to US provision of light water reactors (LWRs), Kim said that "confidence-building between the DPRK and the US is the basis of the settlement of the nuclear issue, and the provision of the LWRs is the basis of confidence-building between the DPRK and the US."

The six sides released the joint statement after the second phase of the fourth-round six-party talks ended in Beijing on Monday.

A spokesman of the DPRK 's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday morning that the DPRK will return to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and sign the Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency and comply with it immediately upon the US provision of LWRs.

Source: Xinhua

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