China holds talks with North Korea

Beijing, June 19 (IANS) China and North Korea Wednesday held a "strategic dialogue" on denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui met his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye Gwan, and told him that it was in the interest of all parties concerned to realise denuclearisation on the peninsula, safeguard its peace and stability and resolve all relevant issues through dialogue and consultation, Xinhua reported.

Zhang said China supports dialogue among the parties concerned and hopes to resume the six-party talks at an early date.

On his part, Kim said it was the wish of deceased North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to realise denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

He said Pyongyang was willing to hold dialogue with all related parties, and that his country was also ready to join in any form of talks in order to resolve the nuclear issue through peaceful negotiations.

The six-party talks, aimed at ending North Korea's controversial nuclear programme through negotiation, involves China, the US, North and South Korea, Japan and Russia. Pyongyang quit the talks in 2009.

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