Six-Party Talks on North Korean Nuclear Disarmament Resume in Beijing
Six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program have resumed in Beijing for the first time in 13 months...


Posted Monday, December 18, 2006

  
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Six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program have resumed in Beijing for the first time in 13 months.

Chinese envoy Wu Dawei opened Monday's session by saying the issues to be discussed at the talks are complex and profound.

He urged the negotiating teams to discuss implementing a September 2005 agreement, under which Pyongyang promised to dismantle its nuclear weapons program in return for aid and security guarantees.

U.S. envoy Christopher Hill says the international community will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state. He says the talks are at a point where North Korea must choose between a diplomatic track or a track that involves sanctions.

North Korea had boycotted talks since November 2005, after the United States imposed sanctions against companies it accuses of counterfeiting and money laundering on behalf of Pyongyang.

North Korean envoy Kim Kye Gwan repeated Pyongyang's demand Saturday that Washington lift the sanctions as a condition for nuclear disarmament.

Washington has agreed to discuss the financial sanctions in a special working group meeting in parallel with the nuclear disarmament talks in Beijing.

Besides the United States and North Korea, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia are parties to the talks.


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