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S. Korea, China set for talks on N. Korea

S. Korea, China set for talks on N. Korea

SEOUL: South Korea's pointman on Pyongyang left for China on Monday for talks that will focus on North Korea, amid diplomatic efforts to revive stalled multinational disarmament negotiations. Unification Minister Yu Woo-Ik will meet Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, State Councillor Dai Bingguo during his three-day trip, his ministry said. China hosts six-party talks on the North's nuclear programmes which began in 2003 and also include the two Koreas, the United States, Japan and Russia. The nuclear-armed North quit the forum in April 2009, a month before its second atomic weapons test. Pyongyang now says it wants to come back without preconditions, but the US and its allies say it should first take action to show it is serious about the process. In particular, they want the North to shut down a uranium enrichment plant which could be recon...

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