Kenichiro Sasae, Japan's chief
negotiator in the six-party talks, is interviewed by reporters in
Beijing,Nov. 26, 2006.During his stay in Beijing, Kenichiro Sasae is
scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart to discuss restarting the
six-party talks which focus on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula,
grouping China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the
Republic of Korea (ROK), the United States, Japan and Russia. (Xinhua
BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Kenichiro Sasae, Japan's
top negotiator in the six-party talks, which aims to resolve the nuclear issue
on the Korean Peninsula, arrived in Beijing Sunday evening.
Kenichiro Sasae, head of Japanese Foreign Ministry's
Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, told the press at a hotel in Beijing that he
would meet Wu Dawei, vice foreign minister of China and the Chinese chief
negotiator in the six-party talks, to discuss issues related to the six-party
talks including the abduction issue.
The six-party talks, focusing on denuclearizing the
Korean Peninsula, group China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK),
the Republic of Korea (ROK), the United States, Russia and Japan.
The multilateral negotiations broke down in November
last year triggered by U.S. financial sanctions aimed at the DPRK's alleged
money laundering and counterfeiting.
The DPRK stunned the world on Oct. 9 this year by
conducting its first underground nuclear test, prompting international
condemnation, but it agreed last month to rejoin the nuclear disarmament talks.
No fixed date has been set yet.
The DPRK's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, the
country's chief delegate to the six-party talks, may also visit Beijing, but the
possibility of bilateral talks of Japan and the DPRK on this occasion remained
slim, Kyodo said.
At the hotel, Sasae denied any agenda or arrangements
so far for meeting with Kim or for any other multilateral meetings.
Sasae said he would also meet with Hu Zhengyue, head
of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Asian Affairs Department, to discuss future
Japan-China relations and how to implement the consensus reached by the top
leaders of the two countries during their meeting in Beijing in October and
their meeting in Hanoi in November respectively.