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U.S.-DPRK Beijing talks concluded

2012-02-24 11:53:11 GMT2012-02-24 19:53:11(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English


Glyn Davies (C), U.S. special representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) policy, speaks to reporters after meeting with a DPRK delegation in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 24, 2012. Media reports said two meetings between U.S. and DPRK envoys were conducted on Thursday, starting with a meeting at the DPRK Embassy in Beijing, followed by the other at the U.S. Embassy. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)


BEIJING, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- The United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) concluded talks in Beijing on Friday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular press conference on Friday afternoon that China hopes the talks will yield positive progress and promote the resumption of the six-party talks.

U.S. Special Representative for DPRK Policy Glyn Davies said that the talks were "serious and substantive" and that their topics included the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and humanitarian issues.

"I think we've made a little bit of progress," Davies told reporters, without providing further details.

Davies said the United States will evaluate the results of their talks next week in Washington, adding that they will consult with the Republic of Korea, Japan, China and Russia, the other four countries involved in the stalled six-party talks.

Davies said he met with Wu Dawei, China's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs, during his stay in Beijing and will pay visits to Seoul and Tokyo this weekend.

The United States will remain in contact with the DPRK, although they have not agreed on any further meetings, according to Davies.

Former U.S. Special Representative for DPRK Policy Stephen Bosworth met with Kim Kye Gwan twice last year to discuss the possible resumption of the long-stalled six-party talks.

The six-party talks were launched in 2003, but were stalled in December 2008. The DPRK quit the talks in April 2009.

Wu met with Shinsuke Sugiyama, Japan's top envoy to the six-party talks, on Wednesday.


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