ABC News (Australia)
May 7, 2010

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has vowed during a visit to China to try to revive stalled nuclear disarmament talks, Beijing media said in its first confirmation of the secretive trip.

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“Kim said that the DPRK [North Korea] will work with China to create favourable conditions for restarting the six-party talks,” Xinhua news agency reported, without saying whether he had made a firm commitment to return to dialogue.

Mr Kim’s five-day visit, which ended on Friday, was shrouded in secrecy but was widely seen as an attempt to secure aid to shore up his country’s crumbling economy.

China, which hosts the nuclear negotiations, was expected in return to press its ally to come back without preconditions to the talks which Pyongyang angrily abandoned in April 2009.


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