Mutual steps must be made by all parties if six-nation Korea talks are to be resumed - Russian envoy

Mutual steps must be made by all negotiating parties if the six-nation talks on the nuclear problem of the Korean peninsula are to be restarted, Russian special envoy Grigory Logvinov said.

"Our position is that we need to form a political environment for resuming the six-party talks on the nuclear problem of the Korean peninsula, which is possible only if the parties make reciprocal moves," he told Interfax.

Logvinov is in Beijing after consultations in North and South Koreas.

On his talks in Pyongyang he said prospects of resuming the six-nation talks were discussed.

"We proposed concrete ideas. But it is hard to claim now that complete understanding was achieved. I would not venture to speculate on when the talks could restart," the Russian diplomat said.

The dialogue is on as it meets the interests of the parties concerned, he said.

"The basic premise for the resumption of the talks is the confirmation of the unconditional adherence to the goals and tasks listed in the joint statement on September 19 2005.

Pyongyang announced its withdrawal from the talks, involving the two Koreas, China, Russia, the United States and Japan in 2009, after the UN Security Council condemned North Korea's ballistic missile test.

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