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.