China advocates peaceful solution to Korean Peninsula nuclear issue: FM

Shi Hao
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MOSCOW, May 26 (Xinhua) -- China is proposing to solve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue peacefully through negotiations on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday.

At a news conference following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Wang said the Chinese proposal conforms to the principles of the UN Charter and the interest of all parties in the region, including the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea.

Wang said the use of military force will create bigger problem and serious after-effects, adding that China and Russia have reached a high degree of consensus that military means should not be an option for any country.

Security is the root cause of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and thus reasonable security concerns of all parties should be well addressed, said Wang.

The obstacle to solving the issue is a lack of mutual trust, something all parties involved should strive to strengthen, he said.

To that end, China has proposed a "dual-track" approach to promote the denuclearization of the Peninsula. China has called for the suspension of Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests in exchange for the suspension of U.S.-South Korean military drills, said Wang, adding that China's proposals are in line with Russia's.

"We urge the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to stop acting against the UN Security Council resolutions and create necessary conditions for the resumption of dialogue and negotiations," said Wang.

He said China has noticed that the United States recently expressed interest in a peaceful solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue through dialogue, adding that China hopes Washington will turn the words into concrete policy and actions.

South Korea's new government has repeatedly aired its position of continuing sanctions against the DPRK while seeking dialogue, Wang said, adding that he hopes South Korea will stick to this direction and strive to resume necessary contact with Pyongyang.

Japan's attitude is relatively negative, Wang said, urging Tokyo to adopt a more active and constructive attitude and not hinder peace talks. Enditem

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