On August 25 and 26, 2003, before the six-party
talks, Wang Yi, Vice Foreign Minister and head of the
Chinese delegation, met with Head of Russian delegation
Alexander Losiukov, Head of the United States delegation
James Kelly, Head of the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK) Kim Yong Il, Head of the Republic of Korea
(ROK) delegation Lee Soo-Hyuck, and Head of the Japanese
delegation Mitoji Yabunaka.
Wang welcomed the
delegations attending the talks, saying it demonstrated the
political will to seek peaceful ways to resolve the nuclear
issue through dialogue. The six-party talks have been
supported by the governments and people of the six
countries, and have received a lot of attention and
expectations from the international community. He hoped that
all delegations would expound their positions fully at the
talks, and listen to the views of other parties so that the
talks can lay a solid foundation for the continuation of the
Beijing negotiation process.
Heads of the five
delegations thanked China for its efforts in starting the
peaceful negotiation process. They said they highly valued
this opportunity of the six-party Beijing talks and would
work together to make the talks a good meeting.