The second phase of the sixth round of the six-party talks on
the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue opened in Beijing on Thursday to
decide the action plan in the next stage, a Chinese envoy said.
"We have made positive and effective preparations for this
session," said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei, head of the
Chinese delegation for the six-party talks.
A meeting of delegation heads had been held to review the
implementation of initial actions, and they had effective
communication and coordination on the action plan in the next
stage, Wu said.
"In accordance with the consensus of the delegation heads
meeting, five working groups have conducted meetings in succession
and discussed action plans in their respective fields," Wu
All parties had maintained close consultation on the issues of
common concern, he said.
"With joint efforts of all parties, the six-party talks are
developing along the right track," Wu said.
He expected all parties to observe the principle of mutual
benefit, seize the main theme of the session, overcome existing
difficulties and obstacles, and push the talks smoothly to a new
The negotiators also reviewed the progress reports presented by
the five working groups on the topics of denuclearization process
on the Korean Peninsula, economic and energy cooperation, the peace
and security mechanism in northeast Asia, normalization of US and
Japan relations with North Korea, Chinese delegation spokesman Qin
Gang told reporters at a news briefing.
The six parties agreed to, based on the principle of "action for
action," implement the 9.19 Joint Statement on the denuclearization
process and a joint document issued at the six-party talks on
February 13 in a "comprehensive," "balanced" and "phase by phase"
They agreed to provide North Korea with 450,000 tons of heavy
fuel oil and energy equipment equal to 500,000 tons of heavy fuel
oil, Qin said.
Qin said all parties voiced commitments to reinforcing mutual
trust and safeguarding the peace and security mechanism in
The US and North Korea reaffirmed their promises made in the two
joint documents on the normalization of relations and Japan also
reiterated its willingness to normalize relations with North
North Korean top envoy Kim Kye-gwan said North Korea would
continue efforts to improve its relations with the US and Japan,
Negotiators signed the initial actions during the fifth round of
the six-party talks on February 13.
The first phase of the sixth round of talks was held in March
this year in Beijing, which was concluded with a chairman's
(Xinhua News Agency September 28, 2007)