China, North Korea seek early resumption of six-party talks

New Delhi, Aug 31 (ANI): To ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Chinese and North Korean leaders have agreed to seek an early resumption of the six-party talks.

The pledge comes at a time when several parties involved in the nuclear talks have strengthened diplomatic efforts to restart the deadlocked mechanism.

North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il expressed this hope during talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday in Changchun, capital of Jilin province, as he paid a five-day unofficial visit to China that ended on Monday.

Kim said the DPRK remained committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and the country "is not willing to see tensions on the peninsula," Xinhua reports.

Kim said he wished to maintain close communication and coordination with China in pushing for an early resumption of the six-party talks to ease the tension on the Korean Peninsula, and to maintain peace and stability there.

Hu said maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula accords with the common aspiration of the people, and China respects and supports positive efforts made by the DPRK to ease the situation.

Hu called on all parties concerned to make positive efforts to defuse the current tension, seek an early restart to the six-party talks and gradually improve the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the China Daily reports. (ANI)

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