China, Japan, RoK push for early six-party talks

Leaders from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea have issued a joint statement, calling for early resumption of the six-party talks to end the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ’s nuclear programmes.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and RoK President Lee Myung-bak reached the consensus on this issue during their meeting in Beijing, China on Oct. 10.
''We will make joint efforts with other parties for an early resumption of the six-party talks, so as to safeguard peace and stability in Northeast Asia ,'' the leaders said in the joint statement.

The leaders pledged to hold dialogues and work together to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula through peaceful means.

The move came after the DPRK’s leader Kim Jong-il on Oct. 5 mentioned a possibility of returning to the six-party talks, after a bilateral negotiation with the US.

China, Japan, the RoK, alongside with Russia and the US, are the parties concerned to the nuclear talks with the DPRK.

In addition to the DPRK’s issue, the leaders agreed to set up a united front for security and economic cooperation, affirming that regional relations are a key in their foreign policies.

''The three countries remained committed to the development of an East Asia community based on the principles of openness, transparency, inclusiveness as a long-term goal, and to regional cooperation,'' said the leaders in the joint statement.

At the tripartite meeting, the leaders also agreed to work to contribute to the success of a key UN climate change conference scheduled to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.

In another move, a 12-day UN climate change conference concluded in Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct. 9 without progress in urgent issues, such as cutting greenhouse gas emissions in rich countries and financial support for developing nations in the fight against climate change.

The results made the participants doubtful of the possibility of reaching a framework agreement on fighting climate change at the Copenhagen conference.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

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