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Russia Urges Consensus In North Korea Talks

12 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Chinese state media says Russia's delegate to six-party North Korean nuclear talks urged his counterparts to strive for consensus when the talks resume tomorrow.

Diplomats from Russia, China, the United States, Japan, and the two Koreas will resume a fourth round of discussions aimed at persuading North Korea to get rid of its nuclear-weapons program.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Russian delegation head Alexander Alekseev arrived in Beijing today and called on all parties to work toward the adoption of a common document that would lay out the steps needed to denuclearize the North.

The previous round of talks ended on 7 August after the delegations failed to agree on a statement of principles.