Bei­jing says con­sen­sus backs peace­ful fix on penin­sula

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­

The global com­mu­nity shares a high level of agree­ment about the need to peace­fully re­solve the nu­clear is­sue on the Korean Penin­sula through po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic means, For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing said on Thurs­day.

She made the re­mark after the par­ties con­cerned ex­pressed a pref­er­ence for a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion as ten­sions es­ca­late on the penin­sula.

“This con­forms most to the com­mon in­ter­ests of all rel­e­vant par­ties as well as the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” she said at a daily news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

US State Depart­ment spokes­woman Heather Nauert said on Wed­nes­day that the US will not give up on us­ing diplo­macy with the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea, say­ing “that is still first and fore­most, that is the pre­ferred ap­proach”.

Rus­sia’s For­eign Min­istry said on Wed­nes­day that For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov stressed the im­por­tance of an ex­clu­sively po­lit­i­cal and diplo­matic so­lu­tion to the prob­lem of the Korean Penin­sula, the TASS news agency re­ported.

Also in a news brief­ing on Wed­nes­day, UN Sec­re­taryGen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res re­it­er­ated his call for a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the sit­u­a­tion, urg­ing the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to use diplo­macy when­ever pos­si­ble.

“We no­ticed re­lated re­ports,” Hua said. “The di­rec­tion is res­o­lute and clear, but the ques­tion is how to move for­ward to it.”

The rea­son China raised the “suspension for suspension” pro­posal is to find a break­through to the cur­rent dilemma on the Korean Penin­sula, while the “dual-track ap­proach” fo­cuses on solv­ing the rea­son­able se­cu­rity con­cerns of all par­ties through talks in or­der to find a longterm so­lu­tion, Hua said.

“We call for all rel­e­vant par­ties to ac­tively con­sider the pro­pos­als and of­fer con­struc­tive re­sponses,” she said, not­ing that China is also re­main­ing open-minded to sug­ges­tions.

The spokes­woman asked the par­ties di­rectly in­volved to grab the op­por­tu­nity, show po­lit­i­cal courage and make the cor­rect po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion.

On Tues­day, the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil unan­i­mously adopted a new res­o­lu­tion im­pos­ing ex­tra sanc­tions in re­sponse to DPRK’s lat­est nu­clear test, which were con­demned and re­jected by Py­ongyang.

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