The Second Phase of the Sixth Round of Six-Party Talks Opens in Beijing
On September 27, 2007, the second phase of the sixth round of six-party talks opened in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing. Wu Dawei, Chairman of this round of talks, Head of the Chinese delegation and Vice Foreign Minister of China, presided over the meeting.
Wu said that the meeting is an important event in the process of the six-party talks, with the main task of discussing and deciding on the action plan for the next stage. In order to have an effective meeting, all parties have made positive and effective preparations for this meeting. The meeting of the heads of delegation was held to review the implementation of initial actions and the parties had effective communication and coordination on the action plan for the next stage. Five working groups conducted meetings in succession and discussed action plans in their respective fields. All parties had maintained close consultation on the issues of common concern. With the joint efforts of all parties, the six-party talks are moving forward along the right track. A season of harvest has come.
Wu expected that all parties could, in the principle of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, seize the main theme of the session, overcome the difficulties and obstacles on the way forward, and push the talks to a new stage.
The heads of the Chinese, ROK, Russian, U.S. and Japanese delegations respectively reported the progress made by the five working groups, which are the working group on the denuclearization process on the Korean Peninsula, the working group on economic and energy cooperation, the working group on the peace and security mechanism in Northeast Asia, the working group on the normalization of relationship between the U.S. and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and the working group on the normalization of relationship between Japan and the DPRK.
With respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Wu added that the six parties agreed to, based on the principle of "action for action", implement the 9.19 Joint Statement and the joint document issued at the six-party talks on Feb. 13 in a comprehensive, balanced and phase-by-phase manner.
With regard to the economic and energy cooperation, Chun Yung-woo, head of the ROK delegation, said that all parties agreed to provide the DPRK with 450,000 tons of heavy fuel oil and energy equipment equivalent to 500,000 tons of heavy fuel oil.
Talking of the peace and security mechanism in Northeast Asia, Alexander Losyukov, head of the Russian delegation, said that all parties believed that mutual trust should be reinforced and the work should be advanced in the principle of going from easy to difficulty and in a friendly atmosphere of mutual respect.
Concerning the normalization of relationship between the DPRK and the United States, Christopher Hill, head of the U.S. delegation, pointed out that the United States and the DPRK reaffirmed their commitments made in the 9.19 Joint Statement and 2.13 Joint Document.
On the issue of the normalization of relationship between the DPRK and Japan, Kenichiro Sasae, head of the Japanese delegation, said that the meeting increased their mutual understanding and improved the atmosphere. Japan had not changed its position of striving for the normalization of relationship with the DPRK.
Kim Kye-gwan, head of the DPRK delegation, expressed that the DPRK would continue the efforts to improve the relations with the U.S. and Japan.