Yang Jiechi Expounds on China's Position on the Current Korean Peninsula Situation
On November 26, 2010, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Chi Jae Ryong, Ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to China, and held phone conversations respectively with ROK Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They exchanged views on issues including the situation of the Korean Peninsula.
Yang said China gives utmost attention to the exchange of fire between the DPRK and the ROK which happened days ago, and is very much concerned about the development of the situation.
The DPRK and the ROK should exercise calm and restraint, engage in contacts as soon as possible, improve relations through dialogue and consultations and solve problems via negotiations, Yang said. "The pressing task now is to put the situation under control and prevent a recurrence of similar incidents," he said.
Parties concerned should actively work for peace and facilitate talks, jointly safeguard peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula while adopting responsible attitudes, Yang said.
Parties concerned should work together for an early restart of the six-party talks, and push forward denuclearization process of the Korean Peninsula, Yang said.
The DPRK, the ROK and the U.S. sides elaborated on their views on the current situation, and expressed the importance they attached to China's position and their willingness to maintain contacts with the Chinese side.