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Wang Yi: Move Forward Denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in Parallel with Transition from Armistice to Peace

2016/02/17

On February 17, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia jointly met the press after holding the third round of China-Australia Diplomatic and Strategic Dialogue in Beijing. When answering the question on how to break through the dilemma facing the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Wang Yi expressed that China will discuss with all parties on ways to move forward denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in parallel with transition from armistice to peace.

Wang Yi expressed that in today's world, no hotspot issue can be fundamentally solved simply by exerting pressure or sanction. Military means are even more unwise and will bring more severe consequences than the issue itself, therefore, the Chinese government always advocates that the hotspot issues should be solved through political means and it is in line with the stipulations in the UN Charter on peacefully resolving disputes and with the common interests of parties concerned and the international community.

Some friends lately are making comparisons between the Iranian nuclear issue and the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. The resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue lies precisely in reaching a comprehensive agreement after the decade-long dialogues and negotiations in parallel with the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions. But in terms of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the 8-year suspension of the Six-Party Talks is what led us to this undesirable situation, therefore we must consider resuming negotiations while discussing and advancing the UN Security Council resolutions.

The DPRK should pay the price for constant violation of the UN Security Council resolutions by conducting nuclear test and satellite launch. The UN Security Council is accelerating consultations to make a new resolution with an aim to curb the DPRK getting farther on developing nuclear weapons. In the meantime, all parties should not abandon efforts to resume talks and abdicate the responsibility for peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

Though China is not the crux of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, as the host of the Six-Party Talks, it always actively discusses with other parties on feasible ways to solve the issue from an objective and just stance. To this end, China proposed the negotiation thinking to advance denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in parallel with transition from armistice to peace. This thinking is to address all parties' major concerns in a balanced manner, lay down the objectives of dialogues and negotiations, and find a breakthrough to resume talks as soon as possible. We believe that it is reasonable and will help solve the issue in a fundamental way. China is willing to have specific and in-depth discussions with other parties on this at a proper time.

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