Chinese Prime Minister .........
- From: cnw <cnw@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006 07:42:45 +0800
Fourth extract from interview with Chinese Prime Minister
Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published: Tuesday September 5, 2006
Beijing- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday urged all sides involved in the
standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme to exercise restraint,
amid new rumours that China has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Il for
talks. "Given the sensitivity of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, all the
parties concerned should be cool-headed and exercise restraint, refrain from
making statement or moves that will escalate tension, and work to create
conditions for resuming the six-party talks at an early date," Wen said.
"The Chinese government consistently calls for making the Korean Peninsula
nuclear-free through dialogue and negotiation and maintaining peace and
stability on the peninsula," he said in a rare interview with a group of five
media organizations, including Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
"This is also the consensus reached by the parties concerned and what the
international community hopes to see," he said.
"We hope all parties will work towards this objective."
The United States, North Korea, South Korea, China, Russia and Japan have taken
part in the nuclear talks.
China on Tuesday again denied making any plans for a visit by Kim Jong Il, as
speculation has mounted that North Korea may soon test more missiles or even a
"As far as I know, there are no such arrangements at present," foreign ministry
spokesman Qin Gang said when asked about a possible visit by Kim.
The US chief negotiator on North Korea, Christopher Hill, arrived in Beijing on
Tuesday for talks on North Korea with Chinese officials.
South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported on Tuesday that Kim's special
train had travelled to the town of Shinuiju, close to North Korea's border with
China, speculating that he may enter China in the next few days.
ฉ 2006 DPA - Deutsche Presse-Agenteur
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