Nov 28, 2010
South Korea’s foreign ministry said Sunday that China’s offer to resume six-party talks on North Korea “should be studied very carefully,” stressing that creating the right atmosphere for reopening the negotiations is a priority.
The reaction was seen as a de facto rejection of Beijing’s proposal that the chief delegates from the six nations meet in early December to discuss tensions on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea’s deadly artillery strike on a South Korean island.
“Our government will take note of China’s proposal,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
“But holding a six-party chief delegates’ meeting should be studied very carefully considering” North Korea’s series of provocations “caused negative effects” on efforts to create the right conditions to resume the talks that involve the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the U.S., it said.
Before restarting the talks, the right conditions should be created first so that the negotiations can make substantial progress, the ministry said, referring to South Korea’s long-running demand that North Korea take concrete steps demonstrating its denuclearization commitments.
“We again urge North Korea to show its denuclearization willingness through action,” the ministry said.
The nuclear talks were last held in December 2008 and have since been stalled.
This article was posted: Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 6:33 am