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UPDATED: 08:12, September 21, 2005
Bush calls S.Korean president over nuclear issue on Korean Peninsula
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US President George W. Bush called South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun on Tuesday and both agreed on the importance of verification with regard to the pledge by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

Both leaders agreed that verification is "critical" and Bush also thanked the South Korean leader for his role in the six-party talks that just concluded in Beijing, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.

Bush has expressed his welcome for the pledge by the DPRK to give up its nuclear weapons program and meanwhile demanded firm verification measures to make sure the DPRK to live up to its commitment.

The fourth round of six-party talks on the Korean nuclear issue concluded in Beijing on Monday with the adoption of a common statement, in which the DPRK says it is committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs.

The common statement also declared that the DPRK has the right to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, while other parties have expressed their respect and agreed to discuss the subject of the provision of lightwater reactor to the DPRK.

The fifth round of six-party talks, which involves the DPRK, the United States, China, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan, is to be held in Beijing in early November.

Source: Xinhua

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