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North Korea

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to each participant in the Six Party Talks on North Korea’s recent nuclear test. (97896)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing on 9 October and again on 13 October. She spoke to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and to Japanese Foreign Minister Aso on 9 October, and to South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon on 10 October.

During these discussions, all parties agreed that the test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was a clear example of a threat to international peace and security, that it necessitated a robust response from the UN Security Council and that the Six Party Talks are the way forward.

My right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade also called the DPRK ambassador in London to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 10 October to make clear our views.