Medvedev, Kim begin talks

ULAN-UDE, August 24 (Itar-Tass) — Russian and North Korean presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Kim Jong Il began talks.

The meeting takes place at the Sosnovy Bor closed military base near Ulan-Ude.

The presidents will focus on the soonest possible resumption of the six-party talks on the nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula.

“Much attention will be paid to this issue,” a Kremlin official told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

“Russia expresses its continued support for peaceful settlement of the problem through political and diplomatic means, for the resumption of dialogue and establishment of cooperation between North and South Koreas,” he said.

The two countries’ leaders will also discuss “prospects for launching tripartite economic projects with participation of Russia, North Korea and South Korea.”

“Close attention will be paid to stronger efficiency of trade and economic relations and adjustment to new conditions of traditional areas of cooperation,” the expert said.

“High on the talks’ agenda are stronger political dialogue, cooperation among relevant ministries and agencies and expansion of humanitarian and interregional contacts,” he added.


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