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February 13, 2005

China presses N Korea to relent

Topics: International News

China is to work to get talks on North Korea's nuclear programme restarted as soon as possible, despite a boycott declared by Pyongyang on Thursday.

Beijing is one of the North's few allies left and has taken part in, and hosted, six-way talks aimed at making Pyongyang end its nuclear ambitions.

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing announced China's new effort in phone talks with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

North Korea said on Thursday it had already developed a nuclear weapon.

Its announcement that it was withdrawing from the talks was criticised by Russia, its old ally, which said it had made the "wrong choice".

The talks, involving the two

Posted by Hyscience at February 13, 2005 2:12 AM



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