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All parties urged to show flexibility in Korean nuclear talks
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China on Thursday hoped all parties involved in the Korean Peninsular nuclear talks could show the utmost flexibility in order to achieve a positive result.

"We hope all sides remain confident and patient, and show wisdom and the utmost flexibility as a way of achieving a positive result during the meeting," said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

Yang told the chief negotiators to lay a foundation for further development of the talks, whose latest round began on Monday. This is the third chief delegate's meeting during the sixth round of the six-party talks after a five-month suspension.

Yang said the present round was crucial in the new process of the six-party talks, and was significant in attempts to achieve a peninsular free of nuclear weapons or production.

"Some common ground has been reached, but differences still exist after a few days talks," said Yang.

He said the six-party talks is a process of continuously overcoming difficulties while moving forward.

The foreign minister said the removal of nuclear weapons or production from the peninsular had taken substantial steps and made unprecedented progress, and this hard-earned result should be valued.

The other five chief negotiators said the removal of nuclear weapons or production from the peninsular was the aim of all parties.

They pledged to seize the opportunity of talks to reduce differences and increase consensus so as to make progress. They all praised China's unremitting efforts to promote the talks process.

The six-party talks, involving China, the United States, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, South Korea, Japan and Russia, focuses on resolving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsular.

(Xinhua News Agency December 11, 2008)

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