Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) shakes hands with Kim Jong Il, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), near Russia's eastern Siberian city of Ulan Ude, Aug. 24, 2011. (Xinhua/RIA NOVOSTI)
MOSCOW, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and visiting top leader Kim Jong Il of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Wednesday to resume stalled six-party talks as soon as possible.
During their meeting near the eastern Siberian city of Ulan-Ude, the two leaders also reached consensus on an energy project to build a gas pipeline from Russia to South Korea via the DPRK as well as on the DPRK's outstanding debt to Russia.
READY TO RESUME NUCLEAR TALKS
The Russian-DPRK summit was held at a military base in the Sosnovy Bor village, some 50 km from Ulan-Ude, capital of Russia's Buryatia republic.
High on the agenda were closer political dialogues, cooperation among relevant ministries and agencies, and expansion of humanitarian and inter-regional contact, a Kremlin source told the Itar-Tass new agency before the talks.
The DPRK is ready to resume the six-party talks on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula without preconditions, Russian presidential spokeswoman Nataliya Timakova said after Wednesday's talks.
After the six-party talks stalled in 2008, the United States and South Korea have insisted that Pyongyang agree to a moratorium before any resumption of the talks, which also involve China and Japan.
However, according to the Kremlin spokeswoman, Kim told his Russian counterpart that the DPRK would be ready to resolve the issue of imposing a moratorium on testing and production of missile and nuclear weaponry only "in the course of the talks."