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Wen: 'Fleeting' nuke talks chances

OPPORTUNITIES now exist for six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue to be relaunched, but they could be "fleeting," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday.

Wen made the remarks after the second trilateral leaders' meeting of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea in Beijing.

He called on all parties involved to "seize the opportunities and make good use of them," in an effort to achieve positive progress.

"If we miss the chance, it could cost us more effort in the future," Wen said.

"The key to the issue is to take action," he added.

"I have obtained certain positive results, which were achieved through joint efforts of China and the DPRK, as well as endeavors by all parties," Wen said in reviewing his visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea last week.

He said the DPRK had "showed no opposition to the talks and expressed willingness to tackle the issue through bilateral and multilateral dialogue."

The DPRK hoped to improve ties with the United States, as well as with Japan and the ROK. "That is the important impression I got during the visit," he said.

He urged all parties to make constructive efforts to realize the aim.

The six-party talks, which involve China, the DPRK, the United States, the ROK, Russia and Japan, have been stalled since December last year.

Wen also called for China, Japan and ROK to view and handle trilateral relations from long-term and strategic perspectives.

He said mutual respect, friendship and addressing the core interests of common concern were the political basis of the 10 years of trilateral cooperation.

He said the three countries would improve cooperation by taking effective measures in trade, investment, finance, transportation, information, environment protection, green economy and public health.

The three nations would continue to support the integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and promote regional and sub-regional cooperation.

In a joint statement issued by the three countries yesterday morning after the one-day trilateral meeting in Beijing, they drew up plans for future cooperation that include building up mutual trust and pursuing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The joint statement emphasized the importance to properly address sensitive issues and seek settlement of disputes through dialogue and consultation.

The three nations will continue to promote peace, stability and prosperity in Asia, remain committed to dialogue and consultation and continue to work through peaceful means to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the statement said.

China, ROK and Japan will make joint efforts for an early resumption of the six-party talks, so as to safeguard peace and stability in Northeast Asia, and thereby to build an Asia of peace, harmony, openness and prosperity.

The three nations will further promote closer trilateral cooperation in areas such as disaster management, health care, tourism, human resources, education and sports. They will also expand youth exchanges and exchanges among universities.


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