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Sergei Lavrov:"Russia has never tried to hamper the third round of the six-sided talks on the Korean nuclear problem"
Russia has never tried to hamper the third round of the six-sided talks on the Korean nuclear problem, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists in Moscow. "We haven't changed our position on the Korean nuclear settlement. We come out for the full-scale use of the six-sided talks. We took an active part in the working group preparing the third round of the talks and introduced practical proposals to find the solution," Mr. Lavrov said. The United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and North Korea are involved in the six-sided talks. In May 2004 the working group confirmed that the third round of the six-sided talks should be held by the end of June. The exact date should be coordinated later. However, six-sided talks on the North Korean nuclear crisis can be postponed till July, RIA Novosti's correspondent reported from Tokyo. A high-ranking official of the Japanese Foreign Ministry was skeptical about the possibility to hold the talks before the end of June, Kyodo Tsushin said. "The talks are likely to be postponed till July," the official noted. Moreover, China also doubts this because of serious differences in Washington and Pyongyang's positions, he added. According to him, the approximate date will be fixed on Thursday. Meanwhile, South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Pan Ki-mun said on Wednesday that the talks will start on June 23 in Beijing and will last for four days. The source in the Japanese Foreign Ministry did not confirm this information, Kyodo Tsushin said.
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