‘6-Way Talks to Lead Security Regime’
By Yoon Won-sup
Staff Reporter, The
The top Russian envoy in Seoul expects the new round of six-party talks, which will open today in Beijing to resolve North Korea’s nuclear problems, will bring more good results following the previous negotiations last month given the current situation.
``We think the prospects (of the six-party talks) are good,’’ Russian Ambassador to Seoul Gleb Ivashentsov said in an interview with The Korea Times on Tuesday. ``But we should not be overly optimistic because it is a very long case.’’
62-year-old career diplomat said that the upcoming talks will focus on ways to
implement the two basic agreements, signed on Sept. 19, 2006 and Feb. 13, 2007
According to Ivashentsov, concrete ways of the implementation will be further discussed in the talks with a positive atmosphere.
ambassador noted that it will basically take quite a long time for the
``You cannot settle it (North Korean issue) within weeks but even the longest way should start with a first step,’’ he said. ``So the first step is being done.’’
ambassador stressed that the first step will ultimately bear fruit, by taking
as an example the first nuclear test-ban treaty, the Partial Test Ban Treaty
signed by the
``I was a
student at that time. No one thought that it was possible,’’ he said. ``What is
also important for developing security on the
He said that
his country has succeeded with the
considered that the six-party talks will eventually lead to a nuclear
non-proliferation regime or security system in
``One of the tasks of the six-party talks is to work out a security system for North East Asia, which will guarantee the security of North Korea, South Korea, Japan and China, whoever is involved in this situation,’’ he added. ``So it is kind of litmus test for the international community.’’
The talks will also contribute to strengthening of the non-proliferation regime in general, he said.
``But concrete forms of our participation in this aid are to be settled within the working group on energy supply, which is headed by a South Korean representative,’’ he said.
However, he declined to elaborate on how the debts will be written off. But he said several options, which were used in other Soviet-era nations, such as payment with property, mines or factories.
``In certain cases, we prefer to use debts for further promotion of economic cooperation like we had very big debts in India, which have been repaid over 10 years _ and part of the debt is to be invested in joint ventures in India,’’ he said.
that a settlement of the writing-off issue will help
said the railway connection will benefit the two
``If there is
long-term engagement between the two
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