round of six-party talks held in Beijing from June the 23rd to
June the 26th according to what was decided on the meeting of the
working group that held in Beijing from May 12 to 15.
States put forward a formal proposal to solve the Korean Peninsular nuclear
issue. In the seven-page text proposal, North Korea would be given a
three-month preparatory period for dismantlement and removal of nuclear
facilities, and North Korea is also asked to offer the US side a listing of
nuclear activities at various time.
also set ways to solve the security concerns of North Korea and cover the
issues of lifting sanctions over North Korea and dealing with its energy
reiterated its position for making the Korean Peninsula nuclear weapon-free;
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) would give up all its
nuclear weapon programs once the United States abandoned its hostile
policies toward the DPRK with actions, Kim Kye-Gwan, DPRK deputy foreign
minister and head of the DPRK delegation, said at the opening ceremony of
the third round of six-party talks.
He said the
"freeze for compensation" program proposed by the DPRK delegation could
break the deadlock between the United States and the DPRK as a result of
distrust and differences.
nuclear programs were products of US hostility toward the DPRK, created for
protecting itself and countering US nuclear threats, Kim said, stressing
that the DPRK did not want to permanently possess nuclear weapons nor would
it attack the United States with nuclear weapons.
that the DPRK would like to hear something new from the US delegation and it
would put forward concrete plans on freezing nuclear programs if the US
party withdrew the CVID demand (complete, verifiable and irreversible
dismantlement) and accepted the "freeze for compensation" program during the
presented a new proposal, Lee Soo-Hyuck, deputy minister of foreign affairs
and trade and head of the Republic of Korea (ROK) delegation to the third
round of six-party talks, said that the ROK delegation had proposed detailed
plans and corresponding measures on the abandonment of the nuclear
He said the
abandonment should meet two conditions: Firstly, the DPRK should, under
international supervision, completely abolish all the nuclear programs,
uranium enrichment program.
said, as the first step of abandoning the nuclear programs, the DPRK should
freeze all its nuclear programs by fixed time, seal up relevant materials
and freeze relevant facilities under international supervision.
Lee said if
the DPRK froze the nuclear programs, the ROK would propose the following
three measures in return:
ROK will provide the DPRK with heavy fuel oil. Second, the United States
would provide a guarantee in written form on ensuring the DPRK's security,
including removing hostility against the DPRK and making a non-aggression
promise. And thirdly, the United States would hold consultations with the
DPRK on removing it from the black list of countries supporting terrorism
and slowing down sanctions toward the DPRK.
host of the talks expressed its satisfaction for what it considered progress
made in the third round of six-party talks.
The third round of six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue
has forged new steps for reaching the goal of denuclearization, and progress
has been made in five aspects, Wang Yi, the Chinese delegation head to the
talks, said after the four-day talks ended.
Wang Yi, also Chinese vice foreign minister, told a press conference that
the third round of talks has reached new consensus based on the
consolidation of the previous achievements.
Wang said the first progress is that all the relevant parties have offered
proposals and plans for the solution to the nuclear issue.
According to Wang, the DPRK expressed its willingness to give up all
nuclear weapon-related programs in a transparent way, and stressed that the
freeze of the nuclear programs was the first step for the abandonment of the
nuclear programs and it would accept inspection. The DPRK also offered
specific plans on launching the freeze program for the first time.
The United States reiterated it would not pursue a hostile policy toward
the DPRK and offered, for the first time, comprehensive proposals for
resolving the nuclear issue in an all-round way, he said.
While the ROK put forward specific plans on the first steps for abandoning
the nuclear programs, also for the first time, Wang said.
Likewise, it was the first time Japan said it would provide energy aid to
the DPRK on certain conditions for the freeze of the nuclear programs.
Both China and Russia offered important plans and proposals for pressing
ahead with the peaceful talks and overcoming the difficulties, Wang said.
"The proposals and plans are the results achieved through the efforts of all
relevant parties since the talks started a year ago, and they also reflect
the positive political will of all parties to push forward the peaceful
talks," he said.
For the second progress, Wang said the six parties reached consensus on the
first phase of the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, and all agreed
that the nuclear freeze and its corresponding measures were the first phase
of the denuclearization process.
The six parties expressed welcome and made positive assessment of varying
degrees on the commitment of the DPRK, he said.
Wang said the six parties agreed that the working group should convene at
an early date to discuss specifically on the scope, duration and
verification as well as corresponding measures in the process of
denuclearization, which will help deepen talks on substantive matters and
fundamentally promote the denuclearization process.
The third progress showed that all parties agreed to take a step-by-step
process of "words for words" and "action for action" in search for a
peaceful solution to the nuclear issue, said Wang.
Wang said the fourth progress is that the parties approved the Concept
Paper on the Working Group, which decided the responsibility and operation
way of the Working Group. "This will help the Working Group start a more
effective, regular and practical work," he said.
progress is that the parties agreed in principle to hold the Fourth Round of
the Six-Party Talks in Beijing by the end of September, 2004, and released
the second Chairman's Statement of the talks, which indicated that the talks
will be continued, said Wang.