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North Korea: Six Party Talks

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the prospects of the Six Party talks on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea resuming; and what representations she has made to her counterpart in China on the talks. (110716)

Although the UK is not a member of the Six Party Talks (6PT), we fully support the process. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill met his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye Gwan on 16-17 January in Berlin. The aim of the meeting was to persuade North Korea to make tangible progress towards implementing the Joint Declaration of 19 September 2005 and return to the 6PT. We are hopeful that the talks may resume in the next few weeks. The Government remains in regular contact with the Chinese Government, including through our embassy in Beijing.