North Korea submits nuclear detail at six-party talks (Lead)

June 26th, 2008 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 26 (Xinhua) North Korea submitted the details of its nuclear programme to China, the chair of the six-party talks here Thursday. According to the Chinese foreign ministry, North Korea’s envoy to China Choe Jin Su submitted the declaration on behalf of his country to Wu Dawei, China’s top negotiator to the six-party talks on the communist country’s nuclear programme.

Prior to the submission, Wu, who is also China’s vice foreign minister, held a press conference and read out a statement by the chair of the six-party talks.

He said that the US would implement its obligations to remove North Korea’s name from its list of terror sponsoring countries as well as to abolish all trade embargoes on Pyongyang.

Wu also said that the declaration would be subject to verifications and all the six parties to the talks - the US, Russia, China, Japan, South and North Korea - have agreed on it.

“We believe that the above-mentioned developments will be conducive to implementing the second-phase actions in a comprehensive and balanced manner, and the final realization of all the goals in the Sep 19, 2005 joint statement,” Wu said.

North Korea agreed to abandon all nuclear weapons and declare all its nuclear programmes and facilities by the end of 2007, in exchange for diplomatic and economic incentives.

However, the communist country missed the deadline despite reported progress in its nuclear disablement and declaration.

DPA added: Just minutes after North Korea submitted its declaration on its nuclear programmes Thursday, the White House greeted the move as an “important step” and said Pyongyang would begin dismantling the Yongbyon reactor Friday.

The information contained in the declaration handed to the government of China “will be essential to verifying that North Korea is ending all of its nuclear programmes and activities,” the White House said.

North Korea would “destroy the cooling tower of the Yongbyon reactor” Friday, the White House press secretary said in a statement.

“North Korea has pledged to disable all its nuclear facilities,” the official added.

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