N Korea willing for early resumption of nuke talks

North Korea is willing to return to the negotiating table for early resumption of international talks on its controversial nuclear programme.

Beijing: North Korea is willing to return
to the negotiating table for early resumption of international
talks on its controversial nuclear programme, country`s
reclusive leader Kim Jong Il told Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Hu held talks with Kim in the northeast city of
Changchun, Chinese officials media reported on Monday confirming
for the first time Kim`s visit, which is the second this year.

Chinese state run newsagency Xinhua reported today
that the meeting between Hu and Kim took place yesterday and
the reclusive leader ended his visit today.

North Korea`s stance on the denuclearisation of the
Korean Peninsula has remained unchanged, and the country "is
not willing to see tensions on the peninsula," the state media
report quoted Kim as saying.

He also pledged to remain in close consultation with
China and hoped for the "early resumption" of the six party
disarmament talks that also include South Korea, the United
States, Japan and Russia, the report said.

Pyongyang quit the six-party nuclear disarmament talks
last year in protest at an international condemnation of its
long-range rocket launch.

Prospects for restarting the parleys became doubtful
after the sinking of a South Korean warship in March,
allegedly by North Korea.

Kim, general secretary of the Workers Party of Korea
paid an unofficial visit to China from August 26 to 30 at the
invitation of Hu, also the general secretary of the ruling
Communist Party of China.

During the trip, Kim visited Jilin city and Changchun
of Jilin Province, and Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang
Province. One indication of Kim`s visit to China was that all
the international news channels which are available in some of
the apartment blocs in which foreigners stays went blank
leaving the expats with only local channels.

During the past few days, South Korean media
which keeps a close tab on the movements of Kim reported that
the North Korean leader crossed the border into China by train
as he had aversion to travelling by plane.

According to some reports he was accompanied by his
son and possible heir Kim Jong-un. He reportedly visited a
school in China`s Jilin province, teachers and students said.

Chinese and North Korean officials traditionally do
not confirm Kim`s visits until his return to Pyongyang, the
capital of North Korea.

Kim whose regime gets full backing from Beijing
rarely travels out of his country and he reportedly preparing
ground his succession as he was not keeping well after he
suffered a stroke two years ago.

Kim wanted his to be acquainted with the Chinese
leaders. This is his second visit to China this year.

Last May his visit to China took place under the glare of
international media.

China confirmed his visit only after his meeting with
Hu. It took place in the midst of rising tensions over
the sinking of south Korean naval ship allegedly by a North
Korean submarine. The tensions still continued to exist.

China has been making moves to resume the six-nation
talks to bring down the tensions created by the sinking of the
South Korean ship.

Interestingly Kim left for China on the same day
former US President, Jimmy Carter visited Pyongyang, the
capital of North Korea to get the release of US citizen
Aijalon Mahli Gomes who was detained since January this year
for illegally entering into North Korea.


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