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AP: China Differs on N.Korea Nuke Issues

September 29, 2005

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ A split between China and the four other countries that negotiated with North Korea on scrapping its nuclear arms could doom efforts to come up with a resolution welcoming the North’s decision at a meeting of U.N. nuclear, diplomats said Thursday.

The diplomats, who requested anonymity in exchange for discussing the confidential details of the dispute over a North Korean resolution, said China wanted mention of a light-water nuclear reactor and other commitments made to the North in exchange for its decision _ something the four other nations opposed.

Chinese and U.S. negotiators were meeting on the sidelines of the 139-nation International Atomic Energy Agency conference to try and find common language on the resolution, the diplomats told The Associated Press.

The Chinese want all the commitments agreed to by the other nations to be listed in detail, said one of the diplomats. ``But the others think this should be a resolution over North Korea and not over the six-party talks.″

The nuclear accord, announced last week in Beijing, would involve economic concessions and in exchange for an end to its programs.

China is Pyongyang’s last major ally and its chief source of food and other assistance, and its influence over the reclusive Stalinist regime remains pivotal.

Beijing has hosted four rounds of six-nation talks aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions _ a position that has boosted China’s role as a peacemaker in the region.

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