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UPDATED: 08:14, September 22, 2005
Russia hails agreement reached at six-party talks
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Russia hailed the compromise reached at the fourth round of the six-party talks on the nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula in Beijing, saying it is "an encouraging signal", the Itar-Tass news agency reported on Wednesday.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Alexeyev in an exclusive interview with Itar-Tass said "a document endorsed in Beijing features obligations of all the parties to the process -- the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), South Korea, China, Russia, Japan, and the United States".

"A sizable part of that process reflects fragile and far from simple compromise solutions on the part of different sides," he indicated, adding "The fact that we managed to reach them is an important signal that all delegations sought to make the joint statement a reality."

The diplomat also noted that there's still much complicated work ahead of the six nations to find mutually acceptable mechanisms of untangling the problems.

The parties to the talks have decided on the date of the fifth round and they're prepared to compromises and approve mutually acceptable solutions, Alexeyev said.

According to the Russian official, the fifth round of the six- party talks will focus on specific measures, dates, and synchronized steps for making the first step towards a nuclear- free Korean Peninsula.

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

The 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, at an appropriate time, the subject of the provision of light-water reactors to the DPRK.

Source: Xinhua

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