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China calls for North Korea talks to resume

Published 17/12/2009

A top Chinese official called today for efforts to quickly resume stalled talks on ending North Korea's nuclear programs, as the US said any future disarmament deal will have to address Pyongyang's uranium enrichment program.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping also said his country wants to work closely with South Korea to advance the denuclearisation process on the Korean peninsula.

Mr Xi made the comments during his talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. China is widely seen as the country with the most clout with Pyongyang as it is North Korea's biggest benefactor and long-time communist ally. Its influence is seen as key to getting the North back to the negotiating table.

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