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Heads of six-party talks delegations to meet Monday evening
2005-07-25 04:51:05 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING, July 25(Xinhuanet)-- The heads of delegations for the six-party talks will meet Monday evening for the first since they arrived in Beijing to seek ways to resolve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

According to a Chinese notice posted in the press center of the talks, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing will hold a banquet at 18:30 to welcome the delegations from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan.

All the delegation heads will attend the banquet, according to reliable sources.

After their arrival since Friday, the delegations have held a series of bilateral meetings. At one of the meetings, the DPRK and ROK delegations reached a consensus on Sunday that a framework should be set up to realize a nuclear-weapon-free Korean Peninsula.

After more than a year's of holdup, the six parties, China, the DPRK, the United States, the ROK, Russia and Japan, will resume the talks, the fourth round of its kind, Tuesday. They did not set a time for the end of this round.

Christopher Hill, head of the US delegation and US Assistant Secretary of State, said the United States is "very much committed to" the upcoming six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, and he "wouldn't expect this to be the last set of negotiation" when he arrived in Beijing Sunday.

The DPRK on Sunday urged the United States to approach the new round of the talks with a sincere and sound stance.

"The new round of the six-party talks should be made to contribute to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It ishard to expect the solution to the nuclear issue without active and sincere efforts from the US," the Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a signed article.

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