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    RUSSIA'S DEPUTY FM: HEXAPARTITE TALKS ON DPRK NUCLEAR PROBLEM WILL NOT BE SMOOTH

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    BEIJING, February 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Losyukov did not rule it out that technical problems the resolution of which will require experts' work may arise in the course of the hexapartite talks on the DPRK's nuclear problem In Beijing. He said this on Tuesday after the exchange of views with head of the Japanese delegation at the talks Mitoji Yabunaka.

    Losyukov explained that the idea is to set up a permanent deliberative mechanism to operate during the intervals between the rounds of the hexapartite talks.

    He noted that one of the tasks of these talks is to find out what kind of programs are being implemented by the DPRK in the nuclear field, precisely which programs must be frozen, and how this can be checked.

    "We also have to find out North Korea's intentions and what it is ready to undertake," Losyukov said.

    He holds the view that "all the participants in the talks are interested in the Korean peninsula being free of nuclear weapons, and in establishing an atmosphere of stability and security on it."

    The hexapartite talks on the resolution of the crisis around the DPRK's nuclear program are beginning in Beijing on February 25 and will presumably last three days.

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