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Beijing will host regular talks on DPRK's nuclear program

July 10 2008

Heads of Delegations of the six countries involved in talks on North Korea's nuclear issue - Russia, USA, China, Japan, South Korea and North Korea, opened Thursday in Beijing. As the head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin, the agenda of the talks, which will last 10-11 July, is quite extensive, reports " Interfax ".

"We will discuss the progress that has been made recently in the process of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, meaning primarily provided by North Korea's declaration (of nuclear programs - IF) and the destruction of water-cooling tower of the Yongbyon reactor," - he said.

At the upcoming meeting, added Mr. Borodavkin, of course, will be discussed and issues of verification and control of denuclearization. " "We also touch on issues of compensatory deliveries of fuel oil to North Korea and certain machinery and technical products, - the diplomat said. He said that Russia, for its part, is committed to supplying the compensation. "

"We are also preparing to implement the remaining commitments - an additional 100 tons of fuel oil. Probably, we will deliver by October 2008, and two installments of 50 tons", - A. Borodavkin. According to him, the Russian delegation believes that the upcoming meeting could move forward on several issues.

"We think we could make progress on issues related to verification of the declaration provided by North Korea, as well as on confidence and security in Northeast Asia," - he said. At the same time, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister expressed the view that the negotiations will not be easy. "The conversation will be important and may come to light differences on verification of the declaration, which was transferred to the North Koreans the Chinese Mission, and then distributed to the six-party talks," - he said.

According to him, the negotiators may also touch on a possible meeting of foreign ministers of countries participating in the six-party process. "I do not exclude that such a question arise. We would in principle not opposed to such a meeting, but it should not be just a meeting for the meeting, it should have specific content", - said A. Borodavkin.

He believes that if the parties involved in the Six-Party Talks, will be able to move forward on issues related to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, to complete the second phase of this process, then we can talk about a meeting of foreign ministers. "It does not depend on whether we want or do not want us to meet, but on whether the content of this meeting," - Russian diplomat said.

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