Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that top US envoy on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula Christopher Hill will visit China from January 10 to 11 as part of his four-country tour for consultations about the resumption of the six-party talks.
Hill will meet with Wu Dawei, Chinese vice foreign minister and chief negotiator on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said. Both parties will exchange views on issues concerning the six-party talks.
Hill's tours came after the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) missed the deadline to list all its nuclear programs by the end of 2007. The negotiator had visited Japan before heading to the Republic of Korea on Tuesday.
According to agreements reached in October at the six-party talks, the DPRK will disable its key nuclear facilities at the Yongbyon complex, and declare all other nuclear programs by the end of 2007.
Responding to questions on China's response to the delay in the declaration, Jiang said "the DPRK agreed in the statement to submit a complete and accurate report on its nuclear programs. We hope the relevant sides will implement the agreements in an all-round and balanced manner, and materialize the goals set in the statement step by step."
Jiang said all parties have maintained positive contacts and coordination on the issues so far. "China hopes that the six sides will continue to proceed together in advancing six-party talks and the virtual denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," she added.
Hill is scheduled to visit Russia after the China tour.