Russia says work underway to resume six-party talks

09:27, December 18, 2009      

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin said on Thursday work was underway to resume the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is in progress.

"The Democratic People's Republic of Korean (DPRK) is commenting on that (the resumption of the talks) cautiously," Borodavkin told a press briefing.

"However, we and the other participants in the six-party talks have the willingness to resume the negotiations," he said.

"The DPRK has confirmed its commitment to the statement of Sept. 19, 2005, and said it values six-party talks, so there is a chance," Borodavkin was quoted as saying by the Itar-Tass news agency.

"We will keep working," he added.

The six-party nuclear talks, involving China, the DPRK, the United States, South Korea, Russia and Japan, has been stalled since the DPRK quit the forum in April in protest against the U.S. condemnation of its missile tests.

Stephen Bosworth, the U.S. special envoy to the DPRK, visited Pyongyang last week to persuade the DPRK to return to negotiating table.

Source: Xinhua
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