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China calls for joint efforts to push forward six-party talks

(Xinhua)

09:21, March 07, 2012

VIENNA, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday called for relevant parties to put together wisdom, and make joint efforts for an early resumption of the six-party talks aiming at properly solve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.

China has always held that the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula issue should be solved through dialogue, negotiation and other peaceful means, said Cheng Jingye, China's permanent representative and ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna.

Cheng made the remarks at a quarterly IAEA board meeting.

Practice has proved that the six-party talks was an efficient mechanism to promote the denuclearization of the Peninsula and safeguard peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region of Northeast Asia, which is also an important platform to improve the relations among relevant parties, he said.

He noted that relevant parties have made unremitting efforts to promote the restart of the six-party talks since last board meeting in November, 2011.

China welcomes the positive progress made during the recent talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Cheng said.

China also hopes to see the consensus met by the two parties can be effectively implemented as soon as possible and will create an environment favorable to the restart of the six-party talks, he added.

The United States and the DPRK reached a sweeping deal during their recent direct talks in Beijing.

The DPRK said it has agreed to suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches, and uranium enrichment activities at Nyongbyon. The country will also allow the IAEA to monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment.

The IAEA head Yukiya Amano has said that the agency stands ready to send its inspectors back to the DPRK to undertake monitoring activities upon invitation and with the agreement of the IAEA board.

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