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Wang Yi: All Parties Are Expected to Make Sober Judgments on the Situation and Make Wise Choices

On March 18, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of the US jointly met the press. Wang Yi answered questions from the media regarding the role of China on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Wang Yi noted that on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, China always insists on denuclearization in order to safeguard the international non-proliferation regime, and always insists on resolving the relevant issues through dialogues and negotiations in order to maintain the peace and stability on the Peninsula and the region at large. The nature of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is the contradiction between the US and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). As a neighboring and responsible country, China has been making great efforts in promoting the resolution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue for many years. At the request of the US, China has facilitated the Three-Party Talks which was later developed into the Six-Party Talks. The ultimate goal is to create conditions for the contact and dialogues between the US and the DPRK. The important contributions made by China on this issue are obvious. When the Talks broke off, with UN Security Council members including the US, China put forward a series of resolutions involving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and played an important role in curbing DPRK's development of nuclear missiles and easing the tension on the Peninsula. We should notice that these resolutions not only introduce a series of strict sanctions against the DRPK, but also reiterate that we should resume dialogues and negotiations to maintain peace and stability in the Peninsula and avoid further deterioration of the situation. Therefore, it's our duties to execute sanctions and our responsibilities to restart dialogues.

Wang Yi noted that there has been success, defeats, experiences and lessons in solving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue so far. The most important progress is the September 19 Joint Statement reached in 2005, which formulated the roadmap of the DPRK's giving up developing nuclear missiles and achieving denuclearization on the Peninsula. The most significant experience is that only when all parties' expectations are accommodated equally, can we push our talks towards real progress. The most important principle is that we must hold on to peaceful diplomatic methods to solve issues whatever new circumstances might appear. The current situation is caused by the interruption of talks and failed political and diplomatic dialogues.

Wang Yi said that the situation on the Korean Peninsula now is at a crossroad, either moving towards deterioration and conflicts or finding a breakthrough for the resumption of talks and returning to the track of settlement through dialogues in the process of strictly enforcing the Security Council resolutions. All parties including the US should calmly judge the situation and make right choices. On this issue, China has made its own suggestions. We welcome suggestions from all parties and are willing to maintain close communication and coordination with the US.

Wang Yi said that he had in-depth discussions on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and reached basic consensus on the big picture with US Secretary of State Tillerson this time. Both sides insist on denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and will undertake to enforce relevant Security Council resolutions strictly and comprehensively, hoping to find a way to resume talks. Efforts will continue to be made to achieve peace. Both sides are willing to continue with this kind of dialogue, which is an important area of cooperation between China and US.

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