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DPRK sets basis for stalled Six-Party Talks

(China Daily)

08:56, October 26, 2011

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang meets Kim Jong-il, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, in Pyongyang on Monday. Li finished his three-day visit to the country on Tuesday. (Xinhua Photo)

PYONGYANG / BEIJING - Vice-Premier Li Keqiang wrapped up his three-day visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday amid renewed hopes for the stalled Six-Party Talks following the DPRK top leader's latest offer of fresh nuclear negotiations.

Adding to the renewed optimism is the progress in Geneva where US and DPRK representatives on Tuesday concluded two days of talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

In a meeting with Li on Monday, DPRK top leader Kim Jong-il said the country hopes that the Six-Party Talks will "be restarted as soon as possible".

"All the six parties should fully implement a joint statement reached in September 2005 in Beijing, on the principle of simultaneous action," the Xinhua News Agency quoted Kim as saying.

Under the 2005 agreement, the DPRK agreed to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for economic and diplomatic incentives to be provided by the other parties involved in the negotiations. But the embryonic agreement was never implemented.

Kim's remarks came as the US said it had narrowed differences with the DPRK on issues standing in the way of a new round of multilateral nuclear talks.

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