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Kim Jong-il reaffirms denuclearization commitment

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il reaffirmed his country's commitment to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula during his meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week in Beijing, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported today.

According to the report, Kim and Hu also agreed to “make joint efforts” to build a denuclearized Korean Peninsula and Kim said the North will work with China to create favorable conditions for restarting the six-party talks.”

Earlier in the day, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Kim’s visit to China but had no mention of Kim’s stay in the Chinese capital.

Sources in Beijing had said Kim had offered to return to the six-party talks, which have been stalled since December 2008. In February this year, Kim also told a visiting Chinese Communist Party official that the North has “a persistent stance to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

By Yoo Jee-ho [jeeho@joongang.co.kr]
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