Russian, North Korean diplomats to discuss resumption of six-party talks

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister plans to meet with his North Korean counterpart in Moscow. The talks on turning the Korean peninsula into a nuclear-free zone started in 2003. The latest round was held in late 2008.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov plans to meet with his North Korean counterpart in Moscow on July 4.

Morgulov said in an interview with Interfax on Tuesday that the talks will focus on "the prospects of restarting the six-party negotiating process."

"We are going to discuss bilateral issues. But will mostly deal with the situation on the Korean peninsula in the context of a resumption of the six-party talks," the Russian diplomat said.

Russia sees the resumption of the talks as "the only possible way of settling this problem," he said.

The talks on turning the Korean peninsula into a nuclear-free zone started in 2003 and they involved the two Koreas, Russia, the United States, Japan and China.

The latest round was held in late 2008. In 2009 North Korea announced its withdrawal from the talks.

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