S Korean diplomat mentions inter-Korean summit, resumption of six-party talks

18:01, February 10, 2010      

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A possible summit between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will not be a mere political show, and the recent exchanges of high-level visits between China and the DPRK are a positive sign of efforts to resume the suspended nuclear talks, Seoul's top diplomat to China said Wednesday, local media reported.

"If an inter-Korean summit is to be held at one point, it would be a transparent and predictable one," the country's new Ambassador to China Yu Woo-ik told reporters, adding that it is not possible to push for a summit with a pre-set date in mind, Yonhap News Agency reported.

His remark came amid much speculation here on a possibility of an imminent summit between the South Korea and DPRK, initially sparked by President Lee Myung-bak's remark in an interview, where he hinted at a possible summit within this year.

Local media here went as far as to imply that holding an inter- Korean summit was just a matter of when now, with some predicting the meeting, if held, would take place in March or April considering apparent peace overtures from the DPRK, or after local elections in early June in order to avoid potential charges that a summit is politically motivated.

As to the recent visit to Pyongyang by Wang Jiarui, head of the international department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, and the subsequent visit by the DPRK's vice foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan, also the country's top nuclear negotiator to the multilateral nuclear talks, Yu said the exchange is seen to be a positive sign, Yonhap said.

"It's noteworthy that efforts to resume the six-party talks are continuing a positive trend and making changes," Yu reportedly told reporters, referring to multilateral nuclear negotiations over the DPRK's denuclearization, which involves China, DPRK, South Korea, the United States, Japan and Russia.

"But it doesn't mean we can jump to the conclusion that the talks will soon resume. The government and the embassy are cautiously watching the moves while positively evaluating the current trend," Yonhap quoted Yu as saying.

Yu also said China, host of the six-party talks, is working actively to reopen the stalled talks and fine-tune opinions among countries involved in the talks, according to Yonhap.

Source: Xinhua
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