All parties urged to play active role in solving Korean Peninsula issue

Books Saturday 02/March/2019 16:49 PM
By: Times News Service
All parties urged to play active role in solving Korean Peninsula issue

Beijing: China called on all parties concerned to take a constructive attitude and play an active role in resolving the Korean Peninsula issue together, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said here on Friday.
In responding to a question about the fact that no agreement was reached during the second summit held in Hanoi, Vietnam, between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States, Lu Kang, the spokesperson, said at a daily news briefing that it is a positive sign that both sides showed their willingness to maintain contact and continue dialogue.
It represents the general trend as well as the wide aspiration and consensus of the international community to realise the denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, Lu said.
"Thanks to concerted efforts of all parties concerned, seeking a political solution to the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue has been recognized as a general direction, which is to realise the denuclearisation and establish a peace mechanism on the peninsula," Lu noted.
"We hope the DPRK and the United States will continue talks, meet each other halfway, accommodate each other's legitimate concerns on the basis of mutual respect and advance the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue," he added.
China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in the process, the spokesperson stressed.
On early Friday morning, DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told a news conference in Hanoi that his country only asked for a partial lifting of sanctions that may impede the livelihood of its people at the meeting with the United States, not what the US side said the DPRK asked for — lifting sanctions against Pyongyang "in their entirety."
In commenting on that, Lu said although the two countries had contradictions on the issue, both of them agreed the lifting of sanctions represented an important part of realizing the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
China has always proposed that the Security Council of the United Nations needs to consider modifying sanctions based on the positive development of the Korean Peninsula situation, Lu said.
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