The second round of six-party talks on the Korean nuclear issue made progress in discussing substantial issues and promoting the institutionalization of the talks, thanks to the efforts of all parties, said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing Thursday.
Differences still existed, including some that were wide, he said, adding the parties were willing to narrow the differences in future talks.
He said the parties should make concerted efforts in three areas.
First, they should carefully study key standpoints of substantial issues and solutions proposed during the talks, from which they could summarize positive factors, he said.
Second, a working group should be formed as soon as possible to prepare for the third round talks.
As the host country, China hoped to get support from other parties on its proposals concerning the establishment of the working group, its function and issues for discussion.
Third, the parties should maintain a peaceful environment for the process of talks and avoid words or actions that might intensify differences or provoke other parties, he said.
(Xinhua News Agency March 5, 2004)