Backgrounder: Major facts about six-party talks
MOSCOW, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Russia's foreign ministry said Tuesday that it could "only regret" Pyongyang's decision to quit the six-party talks over the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday.
"This decision will obviously not help achieve the goals we set to ourselves in the settlement of problems of the Korean Peninsula," the Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing the Russian foreign ministry's information and press department.
"The Russian Foreign Ministry has yet to receive official information on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) decision. If the report is real, this move arouses regrets. We hope that Pyongyang will once again think over the consequences ofthis move for prospects of the Korean peninsula nuclear settlement," said the information and press department, quoted by Interfax news agency.
Earlier, according to the RIA Novosti news agency, an anonymous official from the foreign ministry said: "We can only express our regret at the decision of the DPRK and urge it not to halt six-party talks on the nuclear problem in the Korean Peninsula."
Pyongyang said on Tuesday it will withdraw from the six-party talks and restore the nuclear facilities that have been under disablement process, in response to a U.N. Security Council presidential statement on its recent rocket launch.
The UN Security Council on Monday adopted a non-binding presidential statement, saying the April 5 launch by the DPRK is "in contravention of Security Council resolution 1718."
It urged the DPRK to "comply fully with its obligations" under resolution 1718, which was adopted in 2006, and demanded that the country "not conduct any further launch."
The six-party talks, a platform designed to engage the DPRK, South Korea, the United States, Russia, Japan and China in talks on the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, was first held in Beijing in August, 2003, and has made tangible progress on the issue in the following years.