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Chinese Foreign Minister to Meet DPRK Top Leader
    2007-07-03 16:32:33     Xinhua
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will meet with top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Il Tuesday afternoon, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular press conference that Yang, who is visiting the DPRK, has held talks with DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun and met with Premier Kim Yong Il Tuesday morning, and will meet with Kim Jong Il in the afternoon.

The two foreign ministers agreed to push forward the six-party talks process in line with the commitment in the February 13 joint document, Qin said.

He said Yang would reiterate to the DPRK the consistent stance adopted by China, namely, to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula by peaceful means and through consultation and dialogue.

Qin said China was open about when the six-party talks would resume, and would consult with all parties on this issue.

Under an agreement adopted by the six parties during the most recent talks on Feb. 13, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was supposed to shut down and seal off the Yongbyon facilities within 60 days in exchange for 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil or equivalent aid.

The DPRK recently invited the IAEA to inspect its nuclear facility, a step welcomed by the international community and a positive sign for the six-party talks process.

Yang arrived in Pyongyang on Monday for a three-day visit after concluding a visit to Mongolia. The Korean peninsula nuclear issue is at the top of Yang's agenda for the trip.

The spokesman said the two foreign ministers praised bilateral ties, reached consensus on furthering cooperation and consultation, and agreed to exchange views on international and regional issues of common concern.

They also agreed to enhance economic and trade cooperation, as well as cultural, educational and tourism exchanges, Qin said.

Yang and the premier mainly discussed economic and trade cooperation, according to the spokesman.

Calling economic and trade cooperation an important component of bilateral ties, Yang said China would like to develop cooperation with the DPRK on agriculture, light industry, mining resources and information technology in a spirit of reciprocity and common prosperity, Qin said.

Kim Yong Il said the DPRK viewed economic and trade cooperation with China from a strategic perspective, and will increase investment and trade based on equality and mutual benefit, the spokesman said.

Both sides expressed appreciation of bilateral ties, and pledged to cement bilateral traditional friendship and cooperation, he said.

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