China has taken ‘sig­nif­i­cant steps’ on Korean Peninsula is­sue

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — China has taken “sig­nif­i­cant steps” to help solve the Korean Peninsula nu­clear is­sue, a se­nior US State De­part­ment of­fi­cial said on Wed­nes­day.

In a con­fer­ence call with re­porters on US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son’s trip to South­east Asia, Su­san Thorn­ton, act­ing as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state, said that the United States had seen “sig­nif­i­cant steps ... frankly, un­prece­dented steps” by China to in­crease pres­sure on the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea.

“We see a grow­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion on their part to take steps to try to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion se­ri­ously,” said Thorn­ton.

“We and China have the same goal, which is de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Peninsula,” she added.

It was the se­cond time in two


days that US State De­part­ment had con­tra­dicted US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­cent rant that China does “do NOTH­ING for us ... just talk” on the nu­clear is­sue.

On Tues­day, Tiller­son said to achieve the goal of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion on the peninsula, the US seeks to “part­ner with China”, and that Wash­ing­ton doesn’t blame Bei­jing for the sit­u­a­tion on the peninsula.

Tiller­son’s re­marks came days af­ter the DPRK launched its se­cond in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile in a month, fol­low­ing the first launch on July 4.

The DPRK con­firmed its se­cond ICBM test fir­ing on Satur­day was sim­u­lat­ing its max­i­mum range, which it said can cover all the ter­ri­to­ries of the US.

China has al­ways called for ne­go­ti­ated so­lu­tions to the nu­clear is­sue on the peninsula.

Liu Jieyi, China’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, said on Mon­day that China is firmly op­posed to any vi­o­la­tion of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, in­clud­ing nu­clear tests and bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests by the DPRK.

China has been urg­ing the DPRK and other rel­e­vant coun­tries not to exacerbate the sit­u­a­tion on the peninsula by avoid­ing words and ac­tions that could es­ca­late re­gional ten­sions, which run counter to the ob­jec­tives sought by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

China has been work­ing with Rus­sia to put forth a road map for achiev­ing re­gional peace, Liu said.

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