BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- China is ready to join efforts with
relevant parties to push for an early start of the six-sided talks on the
nuclear issue of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), a
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said here Monday.
In response to a question, spokesman Kong Quan said the Chinese side
welcomes the DPRK's announcement that the six-party talks will be held in
Kong said China attaches importance to the peace and stability of the
neighboring Korean Peninsula. China has always taken the position that the
nuclear issue should be settled peacefully through dialogue and has made
many effective efforts to that end, he said.
To start a new round of Beijing talks and put the DPRK nuclear issue
onto a path toward peaceful resolution, China and relevant countries have,
for a period of time, made in-depth contacts at high levels, and have
gradually reached important consensus, Kong said.
Kong said China supports expanding the range of participants of
Beijing talks and welcomes the DPRK's announcement that the six-sided
talks would be held in Beijing.
As host, China is willing to keep up consultations with relevant
parties and join efforts to push for an early start of the six-party
talks, Kong said.
China has always been open on the range of participants of the talks,
Kong said. Since the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan all
actively stand for resolving the issue through dialogue, Kong said he
believed their participation will help promote a peaceful settlement.
On the form of the talks, Kong said both the DPRK and the United
States stand for a peaceful settlement, and China has held in-depth
discussions and communications with the two countries respectively on the
reopening of Beijing talks. Both countries have put forward many important
ideas and opinions on the talks, which have been beneficial for making the
dialogues a reality, Kong added.
(Aug. 4, Xinhuanet)