Report: North Korea reiterates nuclear disarmament pledge

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February 9, 2010 04:04

 
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il reiterated his country's pledge to achieve a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula when he met a senior Chinese envoy, Beijing's official news agency reported Tuesday.

"The sincerity of relevant parties to resume the six-party talks is very important," Kim said during a meeting Monday with top Chinese Communist Party official Wang Jiarui, Xinhua News Agency reported from Pyongyang. Kim reiterated his country's "persistent stance to realize the denuclearization" of the peninsula, it said.

Kim referred to stalled six-country talks on ending the North's nuclear weapons program. The North walked away from the disarmament talks — held with the US, South Korea, China, Russia and Japan — last year in anger over international condemnation of a long-range rocket launch.

Earlier Tuesday, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency reported that Wang conveyed to Kim a verbal message from Chinese President Hu Jintao and that the North Korean leader asked him to convey his regards to Hu.

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