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    NOVOSIBIRSK, January 16. (RIA Novosti-Siberia correspondent Natalia Reshetnikova). The leadership of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China hold a common position on the situation around the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov said on Friday in Novosibirsk.

    We are coming out for a nuclear-free status of the Korean Peninsula and are contributing to the creation of conditions which will guarantee the region's security," the Minister said. He noted that China and Russia - the two countries which have common borders with North Korea - are maintaining close cooperation on this issue. It is difficult, in Ivanov's opinion, to put this position into the language of appropriate agreements.

    "We are interested for the Korean peninsula to be a region of stability, prosperity, with no danger of conflict emanating from it," the Minister stressed.

    "Within the framework of the six-party negotiating mechanism Russia is contributing to the establishment of a dialogue between the USA and North Korea, " the Russia foreign minister said.

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