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Adhering to the "Dual-Track Approach": The Realization of Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the Establishment of Peaceful Mechanism on the Korean Peninsula

2018/04/05

On April 5, 2018 local time, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia jointly met the press after their talks in Moscow. Some reporters asked Wang Yi's opinions on the situation of the Korean Peninsula in the next phase and the roles China and Russia will play.

Wang Yi said that both China and Russia are close neighbors of the Korean Peninsula as well as member states of the Six-Party talks. Therefore, peace and tranquility of the Korean Peninsula are closely linked with the interests of the two countries. Over the past years, China and Russia have coordinated and cooperated with each other, made unremitting efforts for promoting the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and formulated a realistic and feasible road map. Just now, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and I also exchanged in-depth views on the latest changes in the situation of the Korean Peninsula and reached new consensus.

We all welcome and support the apparent improvement in the situation of the Korean Peninsula and appreciate the efforts made to this end by all parties including the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK).We hope to take the scheduled meetings between the leaders of the DPRK and the ROK as well as between the leaders of the DPRK and the United States (US) as opportunities to completely pull up the fuse that may trigger war or trouble on the Korean Peninsula and bring the nuclear issue back to the track of dialogue and negotiation. This is also the goal called for by all the previous United Nations Security Council resolutions concerning the DPRK.

How to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula through political settlement? First, we must adhere to the general direction of the denuclearization. The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the master key to solving all the problems related to the Korean Peninsula as well as the general route leading to the long-lasting peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula. All parties should unwaveringly adhere to this general direction.

Second, we should adhere to the "dual-track approach", namely, the realization of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of a peaceful mechanism on the Korean Peninsula. The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is closely related to the long-term security threats faced by all parties, especially by the DPRK. Therefore, in advancing the process of the denuclearization, it is a fair and reasonable requirement to resolve the legitimate security concerns of the DPRK as well as a righteous thing to do in achieving the denuclearization.

Third, we should stick to the approach of advancing the process through phased, synchronized, and packaged solutions. The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula has a long history, and there is a lack of basic trust among all parties, especially between the US and the DPRK. The peace process should be promoted in an incremental approach based on the premise of the denuclearization, and realized by working for the shared goal. All parties should assume corresponding responsibilities and obligations at every phase so as to ensure the sustainability of the peace process and guarantee the continuity of dialogue and negotiation.

China and Russia will continue strengthening coordination in this regard and maintaining communication with other stakeholders to jointly promote the hard-won momentum of dialogue and negotiation as well as jointly safeguard the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region.

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