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    Hwang Joon-Kook (C), South Korean special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, speaks to the media after a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Junichi Ihara and US counterpart Sung Kim at a hotel in Seoul on May 27, 2015

    China, South Korea to Discuss Return to Six-Party Talks on North Korea

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    South Korea’s special representative for Korean peace and security Hwang Joon-kook said that he is going to China in order to exchange opinions with Beijing on ways toward progress on the North Korean nuclear program.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — South Korea’s special representative for Korean peace and security Hwang Joon-kook will travel to China next week to discuss resuming long-stalled six-way talks on the North Korea’s nuclear program.

    The talks between the North and South Koreas, with participation of Russia, China, Japan and the United States, stopped six years ago after Pyongyang tested its new nuclear weapons.

    "The parties plan to exchange opinions on ways toward progress on the North Korean nuclear program, including containing [Pyongyang’s] provocations and restarting denuclearization talks," the South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

    During his two-day China trip on Tuesday and Wednesday, Hwang Joon-kook will meet his Chinese counterpart and deputy foreign minister Wu Dawei.

    In 2005, North Korea declared itself a nuclear power, and conducted several nuclear weapon tests, sparking concerns in the international community. Almost four years later, Pyongyang held more nuclear weapon tests and walked out of the six-party talks.

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