The Six Party Talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), China, the US, Russia, South Korea and Japan began in 2003 but participants have not met since June 2004. We fully support this process as the best means to resolve international concern over the DPRK nuclear issue. We have regularly urged the Government of North Korea to return to the Six Party Talks, and to engage constructively with a view to agreement on the verifiable dismantlement of all its nuclear weapons programmes. There have been recent reports suggesting that North Korean leaders may be ready to resume talks soon. We hope that is the case and that they will do so in a constructive spirit without preconditions.