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Japan rebuffs China on 6-party N.Korea talks - Kyodo

Japan's chief envoy to the six-party talks Akitaka Saiki (C) arrives at Beijing airport November 30, 2010. Saiki arrived in China on Tuesday to discuss North Korea-related matters with Wu Dawei, a senior Chinese diplomat, Japan's Foreign Ministry said. REUTERS/Jason Lee

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has told China that now is not the time to hold talks among the six countries cooperating to seek an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear programme, Kyodo news service reported on Tuesday, citing Akitaka Saiki, Japan’s chief envoy to the six-party talks.

China said on Sunday it wanted emergency talks among the six parties to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula after the North’s shelling of a South Korean island.

The six parties are North and South Korea, China, the United States, Japan and Russia .

Reporting by Edmund Klamann ; editing by Jonathan Thatcher