August 25, 2005

China: More progress likely in North Korea talks

TOKYO (Reuters) - The next round of six-party talks aimed
at dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program is likely
to make more progress than the previous round, China's top
envoy to the forum was quoted as saying on Thursday.

"I think there will be more progress than before," visiting
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei was quoted by Mizuho
Fukushima, the leader of Japan's Socialist Party, as saying in
a meeting.

Wu is also set to go to Pyongyang soon, Fukushima told
Reuters, although she did not elaborate. Wu also told her that
the talks will resume on September 2.