North Korean nuclear program must stop for resuming six-nation talks

SEOUL, August 12 (Itar-Tass) —— North Korea should stop any nuclear activity, including uranium enrichment, and admit IAEA inspectors before the resumption of the six-nation negotiations on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Kim Sung-hwan said on Friday.

He had recently had negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

“The termination of all nuclear activity of North Korea, including uranium enrichment, is a necessary condition of the resumption of the six-nation negotiations. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should have a chance to verify the termination of nuclear activity in North Korea,” he said.

The negotiations broken up at the Pyongyang initiative in the end of 2008 involved both Koreas, the United States, China, Russia and Japan.

The United States and South Korea held bilateral meetings with North Korean representatives last month. They demanded the resumption of the six-nation negotiations and set a number of conditions, the South Korean news agency Yonhap said. “I think that North Korea is studying conditions of the resumption of the negotiations after these meetings. If the negotiations resume they must be more substantial and productive,” the minister said.



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