Hu promotes 6-party talks as way ahead

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Hu promotes 6-party talks as way ahead

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BEIJING - Chinese President Hu Jintao said yesterday there is no other way but dialogue to solve the North Korean nuclear issue.

At a joint written interview with foreign media outlets before the opening of a China-led regional security forum in Shanghai, Hu said the six-party talks are the right channel to discuss the North’s nuclear issue.

“Dialogue and negotiation is the only and correct choice in solving the issue of the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and regional stability should be guaranteed through the six-party talks,” Hu said in the interview.

It is the first time China’s top leader stressed the negotiations since the North’s botched long-range missile launch prompted international condemnation and fresh sanctions by the United Nations Security Council.

The six-party talks, chaired by China and attended by the two Koreas, the U.S., Japan and Russia, have been stalled since the North’s withdrawal in April 2009. The prospect of a resumption was raised briefly after the North agreed with the U.S. to suspend some nuclear activities and missile for food aid. The North broke that agreement with the missile launch.


By Choi Hyung-kyu, Moon Gwang-lip [joe@joongang.co.kr]

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