China pledged yesterday to stick to the goal of a nuclear-free Korean
Peninsula and push for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks at an early date.
Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said all participants to the talks share the
objective of achieving denuclearization as well as permanent peace and stability
on the peninsula.
work with other sides to move closer to that goal step by step and finally
realize it," he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting at the Great Hall
of the People.
Li's remarks were China's first official comments following an announcement
late on Tuesday by the Foreign Ministry that Beijing, Washington and Pyongyang
agreed to resume the six-way talks in the near future.
But there are some worries whether the talks would lead to the goal of
denuclearizing the peninsula after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
(DPRK) conducted a nuclear test on October 9.
Li, however, stressed that the three nations' agreement to restart the talks
was based on the progress made at the Six-Party Talks in September last year.
Pyongyang then committed to scrapping its nuclear programmes in return for
energy aid and other benefits.
The negotiations, which also involve Russia, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and
Japan, have been stalled since last November because of Pyongyang's boycott in
protest of sanctions by Washington for its alleged money laundering and other
illicit financial activities.
Confirming the planned renewal of the talks yesterday, the DPRK Foreign
Ministry said Pyongyang decided to return to the table "on the premise that the
issue of lifting financial sanctions will be discussed and settled between the
DPRK and the US within the framework of the Six-Party Talks."
But it did not say whether it remained committed to its earlier agreement to
abandon its nuclear ambitions.