China, Rus­sia, N.Korea call for ad­just­ing UN sanc­tions on Py­ongyang

Global Times - - World -

China, Rus­sia and North Korea called for a peace­ful way to solve the Korean Penin­sula is­sue on Wed­nes­day, af­ter the deputy for­eign min­istries of the three coun­tries met in Moscow.

The three sides wel­comed the pos­i­tive changes on the penin­sula, sup­port the com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween North Korea and the US, the im­prove­ment of the ties be­tween the Koreas as well as all par­ties’ ef­forts seek­ing to solve the is­sue through po­lit­i­cal chan­nels, Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Lu Kang told a daily news brief­ing on Wed­nes­day.

“The three sides agreed to have a bal­anced process to the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula and cre­ate a mech­a­nism of peace there,” Lu said.

Rus­sian Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Igor Morgulov hosted the meet­ing with Chi­nese Vice For­eign Min­is­ter Kong Xuanyou and North Korean Vice For­eign Min­is­ter Choe Son-hui on Tues­day in Moscow.

In a joint com­mu­niqué re­leased by the Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry, the three coun­tries said that it is nec­es­sary to con­sider ad­just­ing UN sanc­tions against North Korea at an ap­pro­pri­ate time.

“Not­ing the im­por­tant steps taken by the DPRK [North Korea] in the di­rec­tion of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion, the par­ties con­sid­ered it nec­es­sary to start a timely re­view by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of the sanc­tions mea­sures against the DPRK,” the Joint In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­niqué on Tri­par­tite Con­sul­ta­tions said.

Wed­nes­day’s state­ment stressed that all par­ties must “es­tab­lish mu­tual trust,” which must be “phased and syn­chro­nous in na­ture and ac­com­pa­nied by re­cip­ro­cal steps by the states in­volved.”

The state­ment also said the three coun­tries are all against uni­lat­eral sanc­tions – the US has yielded sev­eral sanc­tions on North Korea.

The meet­ing, where the three sides ex­pressed their sup­port for talks in such a for­mat to nor­mal­ize re­la­tions, came ahead of a sec­ond US-North Korea sum­mit ex­pected to take place soon.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Tues­day that plan­ning for his next sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jongun is ad­vanced and that “three or four lo­ca­tions” have been short-listed.

It would be held af­ter US con­gres­sional elec­tions on Novem­ber 6, ac­cord­ing to Trump.

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