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Wang Yi Talks about Three Prospects of the Korean Peninsula Nuclear Issue

On November 24, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France jointly met the press after their talks in Beijing.

When answering questions regarding to the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Wang Yi expressed that with the advancement of the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, the situation on the Korean Peninsula has been stable recently without large-scale accident or serious situation, which is comforting. Going forward, we are faced with three prospects:

The first prospect is to resume negotiations actively. All parties should, on the basis of maintaining stability of the situation, jointly take one step forward to conduct dialogue and communication, so as to resume negotiations at an early date.

The second prospect is to maintain stability. All parties should continue remaining restraint without stirring up new disturbances, therefore gradually resolving discontent and accumulating trust in this process.

The third prospect is to return to confrontation. If the main parties directly concerned are in a tit-for-tat confrontation and continue taking retaliatory measures, the tension will again be escalated constantly.

Wang Yi said that the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue has lasted for more than twenty years. The most valuable experience in this process is that if all parties meet each other halfway to create positive interaction, agreements then follow. The most important lesson is that if some parties flex their muscles and misunderstand each other, the opportunities for peace will disappear.

Wang Yi said that as a Chinese saying goes, "Like sailing against the current, you will either forge ahead or fall behind". Now the situation on the Peninsula has once again entered a critical stage of either forging ahead or falling behind. Therefore at the moment, the top priority is to comprehensively and fully implement the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council to bring the issue back to negotiation as soon as possible, or at least to maintain stability and prevent the situation from declining into confrontation. All parties, especially the main parties directly concerned, are expected to make their own efforts towards the goal of denuclearization of the Peninsula.

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