Bei­jing: Korean is­sue talks cru­cial

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG QINGYUN and ZHOU JIN Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

The nu­clear is­sue on the Korean Penin­sula can be solved only through strength­ened talks, an­a­lysts said, back­ing a se­nior Chi­nese diplo­mat’s call at the United Na­tions for “ne­go­ti­ated so­lu­tions”.

Liu Jieyi, China’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN, spoke at a news con­fer­ence on Mon­day, mark­ing the end of China’s ro­tat­ing term in July in the pres­i­dency of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

“Our ob­jec­tive is to achieve de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula, main­tain peace and sta­bil­ity on the penin­sula and seek ne­go­ti­ated so­lu­tions through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tions,” Liu said.

“China has been work­ing very hard to try to ini­ti­ate a ne­go­ti­ated so­lu­tion of the is­sues of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion, peace and sta­bil­ity,” he said. Liu said China is op­posed to con­flicts or wars on the penin­sula.

China has called for the par­ties in­volved to se­ri­ously con­sider its pro­posed “sus­pen­sion for sus­pen­sion”, which sug­gests the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea sus­pend its nu­clear and mis­sile ac­tiv­i­ties and the United States and the Repub­lic of Korea sus­pend their large-scale mil­i­tary ex­er­cises, to ease ten­sions and re­sume ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Wang Jun­sheng, a re­searcher in Korean Penin­sula stud­ies at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences, said the par­ties in­volved “can­not solve the nu­clear is­sue in the penin­sula by flex­ing the mus­cles at each other”, and urged them to adopt China’s pro­posal to cre­ate con­di­tions for talks, which aim at set­ting up a peace mech­a­nism.

The is­sue needs to be solved peace­fully through talks, even though the talks may be “com­pli­cated”, be­cause the con­se­quences will be “un­bear­able” if mil­i­tary con­flicts break out, Wang said.

The DPRK test-fired an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile on Fri­day, the sec­ond such test within a month. Two US bombers flew over the penin­sula in re­sponse.

China has been work­ing very hard to try to ini­ti­ate a ne­go­ti­ated so­lu­tion of the is­sues of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion, peace and sta­bil­ity.” Liu Jieyi, China’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN

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