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06MOSCOW12200 2006-11-02 09:25 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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O 020925Z NOV 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4791
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 4119
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL PRIORITY 2628
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 4055

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 012200 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/02/2016 
TAGS: PREL PARM KNNP KN RS
SUBJECT: MOSCOW WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESUMPTION OF 
SIX-PARTY TALKS 
 
 
Classified By: Ambassador William J. Burns:  1.4 (b,d). 
 
1.  (U)  The Russian government welcomed the agreement to 
resume the Six-Party talks.  Russian officials, including 
Defense Minister Sergey Ivanov, Security Council Secretary 
Igor Ivanov, and Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksandr Alekseyev 
accepted the announcement as "exceedingly positive." 
Alekseyev stressed publicly that the Russian authorities were 
aware of the trilateral informal meeting in Beijing and 
praised China for "arranging" the meeting. 
 
2. (C) DFM Alekseyev told Ambassador November 2 that he was 
very encouraged by the DPRK decision to come back to the 
talks, although he recognized that the discussions themselves 
would be a hard slog.  He welcomed the opportunity to consult 
with the U.S. on next steps.  He added that he would be in 
Beijing November 8-10 with PM Fradkov, and might also see a 
DPRK representative while in China. 
 
3.  (C)  Oleg Davydov, an MFA Senior Counselor advising DFM 
Alekseyev on Korean matters, told us that the GOR's Korea 
watchers did not know the specifics of the Beijing informal 
meeting.  In view of differing interpretations from capitals, 
the GOR would offer further reaction only after concrete 
details from the meeting were known.  Immediately after the 
announcement, the MFA website posted a statement welcoming 
the decision and reiterating the GOR's position: "Russia 
supports the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula through 
political and diplomatic means, with the participation of all 
interested states, and is ready to contribute to the swiftest 
resumption of the Six-Party process." 
 
4.  (C)  Senior government officials emphasized publicly that 
the talks should resume as soon as possible and indicated 
that Russia would be an active participant.  Sergey Ivanov 
hinted that the talks would restart before the end of this 
year and most likely take place in China.  Oleg Davydov 
confirmed to us Russia's readiness to participate and to 
exert a "positive" influence whenever possible during the 
negotiation process. 
 
5.  (C)  Comment:  Despite President Putin's criticism of 
U.S. diplomacy towards North Korea in an October 25 public 
appearance, GOR praise for the U.S. and PRC-engineered 
diplomatic turn of events has been straightforward.  DFM 
Alekseyev in particular is ready to coordinate closely on 
next steps. 
BURNS

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