October 4th, 2007 05:37 EST
Document of six-party nuke talks released
The second session of the sixth round of six-party talks ended in Beijing Wednesday with a joint document released on the second-phase actions toward the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
Head of the Chinese delegation to the talks Wu Dawei announced the joint document after a two-day recess of the nuclear talks, which involve China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Japan and Russia.
According the joint document, the DPRK agreed to disable all its existing nuclear facilities subject to abandonment under the September 2005 Joint Statement and the Feb. 13 agreement this year.
It said the disablement of the five megawatt Experimental Reactor, the Reprocessing Plant (Radiochemical Laboratory) and the Nuclear Fuel Rod Fabrication Facility in Yongbyon will be completed by Dec. 31, 2007.
The DPRK also agreed in the joint document to provide a complete and correct declaration of all its nuclear programs by the end of 2007.
The DPRK reaffirmed its commitment not to transfer nuclear materials, technology, or know-how, it said.
The document said the DPRK and the United States remain committed to improving their bilateral relations and moving towards a full diplomatic relationship and the two sides will increase bilateral exchanges and enhance mutual trust.
The DPRK and Japan also committed themselves to taking specifications to normalize their relations expeditiously through intensive consultations between them, it said.
Economic and energy and humanitarian assistance up to the equivalent of one million tons of heavy fuel oil will provided to the DPRK but specific modalities will be finalized through discussion by the Working Group on Economy and Energy Cooperation, it said.
China and the ROK have each delivered 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil to the DPRK.
All parties reiterated that the Six-Party Ministerial Meeting will be held in Beijing at an appropriate time.
The second phase of the talks was scheduled to run from Sept. 27 to 30 but an unexpected two-day recess was given to wait for the approval for a joint document by the respective governments of the six delegations.
The six parties signed a landmark agreement on Feb. 13 when they finished the fifth round of the six-party talks.
According to the agreement, the DPRK must declare all nuclear programs and disable all existing nuclear facilities, while the other parties must provide a total of 1 million tons of heavy fuel oil or equivalent aid to the DPRK.
The first session of the sixth round of talks was held in March, which ended with a chairman's statement.
Full text of joint document of the second session of the sixth round six-party talks
A joint document, named the Second-Phase Actions for the Implementation of the Joint Statement, was released in Beijing Wednesday after a two-day recess of the second session of the sixth round of the six-party talks. The full text is as follows:
The Second Session of the Sixth Round of the Six-Party Talks was held in Beijing among the People's Republic of China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States of America from 27 to 30 September 2007.
Mr. Wu Dawei, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the PRC, Mr. Kim Gye Gwan, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, Mr. Kenichiro Sasae, Director-General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Chun Yung-woo, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs of the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Alexander Losyukov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Mr. Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Department of State of the United States, attended the talks as heads of their respective delegations.
Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei chaired the talks.
The Parties listened to and endorsed the reports of the five Working Groups, confirmed the implementation of the initial actions provided for in the February 13 agreement, agreed to push forward the Six-Party Talks process in accordance with the consensus reached at the meetings of the Working Groups and reached agreement on second-phase actions for the implementation of the Joint Statement of 19 September 2005, the goal of which is the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner.
I. On Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
1. The DPRK agreed to disable all existing nuclear facilities subject to abandonment under the September 2005 Joint Statement and the February 13 agreement.
The disablement of the 5 megawatt Experimental Reactor at Yongbyon, the Reprocessing Plant (Radiochemical Laboratory) at Yongbyon and the Nuclear Fuel Rod Fabrication Facility at Yongbyon will be completed by 31 December 2007. Specific measures recommended by the expert group will be adopted by heads of delegation in line with the principles of being acceptable to all Parties, scientific, safe, verifiable, and consistent with international standards. At the request of the other Parties, the United States will lead disablement activities and provide the initial funding for those activities. As a first step, the US side will lead the expert group to the DPRK within the next two weeks to prepare for disablement.
2. The DPRK agreed to provide a complete and correct declaration of all its nuclear programs in accordance with the February 13 agreement by 31 December 2007.
3. The DPRK reaffirmed its commitment not to transfer nuclear materials, technology, or know-how.
II. On Normalization of Relations between Relevant Countries
1. The DPRK and the United States remain committed to improving their bilateral relations and moving towards a full diplomatic relationship. The two sides will increase bilateral exchanges and enhance mutual trust. Recalling the commitments to begin the process of removing the designation of the DPRK as a state sponsor of terrorism and advance the process of terminating the application of the Trading with the Enemy Act with respect to the DPRK, the United States will fulfill its commitments to the DPRK in parallel with the DPRK's actions based on consensus reached at the meetings of the Working Group on Normalization of DPRK-U.S. Relations.
2. The DPRK and Japan will make sincere efforts to normalize their relations expeditiously in accordance with the Pyongyang Declaration, on the basis of the settlement of the unfortunate past and the outstanding issues of concern. The DPRK and Japan committed themselves to taking specific actions toward this end through intensive consultations between them.
III. On Economic and Energy Assistance to the DPRK
In accordance with the February 13 agreement, economic, energy and humanitarian assistance up to the equivalent of one million tons of HFO (inclusive of the 100,000 tons of HFO already delivered) will be provided to the DPRK. Specific modalities will be finalized through discussion by the Working Group on Economy and Energy Cooperation.
IV. On the Six-Party Ministerial Meeting
The Parties reiterated that the Six-Party Ministerial Meeting will be held in Beijing at an appropriate time.
The Parties agreed to hold a heads of delegation meeting prior to the Ministerial Meeting to discuss the agenda for the Meeting.
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