China FM calls for swift resumption of N. Korea nuclear talks

BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday called for nations involved in the long-stalled six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program to resume the talks "at an early date."

"We must seize the opportunity and continue to move toward a better direction" to further ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Wang said during a conference in Beijing, organized by China, to probe ways to re-start the six-way talks aimed at denuclearizing the North.

The one-day "seminar" has been arranged by China to mark the 10th anniversary of the launching of the six-party talks. The off-and-on forum that involves the two Koreas, China, the U.S., Japan and Russia has been stalled since late 2008.

Titled "Retrospects and Outlooks: A Decade of the Six-Party Talks," the meeting comes amid renewed efforts by China to revive the six-party channel, but South Korea, the U.S. and Japan have shown a cool response to it in the absence of a clear North Korean willingness to disarm.

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