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Quotes From N. Korea Nuclear Talks

February 25, 2004

Excerpts of opening remarks Wednesday at talks on North Korea’s nuclear program:

``The United States seeks complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all North Korea’s nuclear programs, both plutonium and uranium.″ _ U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly.

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``We are here to seek common ground.″ _ North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan.

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``We expect the second round of talks to solve some substantial issues. We want these talks to enlarge the common understanding, not differences.″ _ Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

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``This time, the expectations are more than optimistic.″ _ South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Soo-hyuck.

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``We will hold discussions with other delegations and propose constructive solutions.″ _ Japanese Foreign Ministry Director General Mitoji Yabunaka.

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``We hope that common sense will prevail, and we can come up with concrete agreements that will open the way to further work.″ _ Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov.

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