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China, U.S., Japan Urge North Korea To Stick To Commitments

20 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- China, the United States, and Japan have urged North Korea to stick to commitments after Pyongyang had said it won't dismantle its nuclear weapons program until it gets light-water reactors.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman was today quoted by North Korea's official news agency as saying the United States should not even dream of North Korea dismantling its nuclear deterrent until the United States gives Pyongyang light-water reactors for generating power.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the six countries participating in the negotiations should "solemnly implement" their commitments to realize the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"The fourth round of the six-party talks has reached a very important consensus," Qin said. "The six parties have reached a consensus over our general goal through the talks. But there may be all kinds of questions and difficulties in future negotiations. We believe that as long as each party has the attitude of peaceful dialogue, then down the road, we will can overcome all the difficulties."

Earlier, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters the North Korean new demand is not in line with what was agreed by Pyongyang in the talks, which ended on 19 September in Beijing.

Japan's Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura is quoted as saying North Korea's demand is "unacceptable."

The negotiations involved North Korea, South Korea, the United States, Russia, China, and Japan.


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