SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The South Korean chief
negotiator for the six-party talks Chun Young-woo said on Tuesday that the
upcoming six-party talks should focus on the denuclearization on the Korean
"We should avoid overloading the agenda of the
six-party talks," Chun said in a speech at a forum, urging Pyongyang to commit
to last year's joint statement, in which Pyongyang promised to abandon its
nuclear program in return for security guarantees and economic assistance.
The bilateral issues between the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea(DPRK) and related countries should be shunned at the six-party
talks, Chun stressed.
The financial dispute between Pyongyang and
Washington lasting more than a year has proved to be one of the biggest
obstacles to the disarmament talks, Chun said.
The DPRK has demanded that the United States lift its
sanction on DPRK's accounts in a Macau-based bank, Banco Delta Asia (BDA), since
last year. The U.S. accused the DPRK of using the account in alleged
counterfeiting, money laundering, and other illicit activities.
"As the BDA has demonstrated, bringing thorny
bilateral issues into the six-party talks can hold back the denuclearization
process," Chun said.
Chun also appealed that all parties concerned with
the talks should make efforts to build up trust, saying that the DPRK should
demonstrate its genuine commitment to denuclearization by taking bold, concrete
steps to implement its obligations under the joint statement reached on Sept. 19
The DPRK should seize a "historic opportunity" at the
six-party talks, Chun added.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that
the second phase of the fifth round of the six-party talks on the Korean
Peninsula nuclear issues will be launched next Monday. The last session of the
six-party talks, involving China, the DPRK, South Korea, the United States,
Russia and Japan was held in November last year.