US, Russia urge for adherence to agreement on Korean nuclear issue

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday said the concerned parties to the six- party talks on Korean nuclear issue should stick to the text of the agreement.

She made the remarks when answering questions at a joint press conference after the Middle Quartet met in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss the Middle East peace process following Israel's withdrawal from Gaza.

There were media reports that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday demanded that the United States remove what it called "the very cause that compelled the DPRK to withdraw from the Nonproliferation Treaty" (NPT) by providing it with light- water nuclear reactors before the DPRK returns to NPT.

Asked about DPRK's statement, Rice said the concerned parties should go by the text of the agreement, citing the agreement that says the discussion on the light-water nuclear reactor will be at an appropriate time.

"I think we will not get hung up on this statement," Rice said.

"We will stick to the text of the Beijing statement and I believe that we can make progress if everybody sticks to what was actually agreed to."

The United States has insisted it would discuss the possibility only after the DPRK has abandoned its existing nuclear programs, rejoined the nuclear NPT and placed itself under international inspection.

On his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said all parties at the six-party talks have to be guided by the text of the agreement, rather than rely on oral statement that could be interpreted differently.

He said the most important thing now is to see that that the agreement be carried out in practice and that involves a great deal of work ahead.

Source: Xinhua



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