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Russia, China reach consensus before N.Korea talks

China and Russia have reached "extensive consensus" ahead of talks on the N.Korean nuke crisis.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2004 16:46 IST

Chinese vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov reached "extensive consensus" on Monday ahead of talks on the North Korean nuclear crisis, Xinhua news agency said.

It earlier quoted Losyukov as saying Russia supported North Korea's proposal to freeze its atomic weapons programme as one phase in the process of resolving the crisis.

Losyukov flew into Beijing for a second round of six-way talks on the issue due to start on Wednesday. China, Russia, the United States, the two Koreas and Japan held an inconclusive round of talks in August aimed at ending the 16-month impasse.

First Published: Feb 23, 2004 16:46 IST