TOKYO, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should firstly implement steps it agreed to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula before seeking the resumption of the six-party talks, according to local media.
The remarks indicated that Japan rejected the appeal by DPRK's top nuclear official for resuming the six-party talks without any preconditions, said Japan's Kyodo News.
It is natural that the DPRK has to commit completely to a joint statement agreed at the talks in 2005 saying Pyongyang would abandon all of its nuclear weapons and programs, the top government spokesman was quoted by Kyodo as saying.
DPRK's First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan called in Beijing Wednesday for early resumption of the multilateral talks, adding there should be no preconditions.
The six-party talks, which involve China, DPRK, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States, have been stalled since late 2008.
China hopes relevant parties make concrete efforts to strive for an early resumption of the six-party talks, said Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi Tuesday during his meeting with Kim in Beijing.