DPRK delegates arrive in Beijing for new-round six-party talks

The delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning for the fifth round of the six-party talks aiming at resolving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim Gye-gwan, head of the DPRK delegation, greeted reporters at the Beijing airport but didn't comment on the talks.

"The six-party talks already have a clear direction, they are like a beacon guiding the six parties toward progress," Kim, who also serves as vice foreign minister, told Xinhua at Pyongyang's Sun-an Airport before departure earlier Tuesday morning.

"But that beacon at present is far away and moreover the mist on the ocean is thick and sometimes it blurs the beacon." Kim said.

However, he said, all the parties involved could pool their wisdom and work together for further progress.

When Chinese President Hu Jintao paid an official goodwill visit to the DPRK in late October, the DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il said that the DPRK will attend the fifth round of the six-party talks as it has promised.

Beside the DPRK delegation, delegates from the Republic of Korea and Russia have also arrived for the negotiation. The delegations of Japan and the United States are expected to come later Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua

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