1st LD-Writethru: DPRK-U.S. dialogue an important precondition for settling Korean Peninsula issue: FM

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BEIJING, May 24 (Xinhua) -- The communication and dialogue between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States is an important prerequisite for resolving their differences and promoting the settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday.

Wang made the remarks at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual national legislative session.

China would like to see continuous interaction between leaders from the DPRK and the United States, and hopes the two sides resume meaningful dialogue and engagement as soon as possible, Wang said.

"To achieve a genuine settlement, they need to not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk," he said.

In the last few years, the DPRK has adopted some positive steps toward de-escalation and denuclearization, but regrettably, the steps were not reciprocated by the U.S. side in a substantive way, said Wang, adding that this is the main reason for the ongoing stalemate of their dialogue.

China and Russia have long introduced a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council for a political settlement of the issue, and repeatedly called on the council to begin discussing invoking relevant resolution provisions to modify sanctions against the DPRK, he said.

This would help ease economic and livelihood hardships in the DPRK and create conditions for the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue, Wang said.

"We call on the United States and other parties to take this into serious consideration and stop squandering the hard-won outcomes," Wang said.

The parties must follow a dual-track approach of pursuing both the denuclearization and a peace mechanism, and work out a roadmap for phased and synchronized actions, according to Wang. Enditem

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