China supports efforts to resume six-party talks

Updated: 2012-02-23 20:27


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BEIJING - China has voiced its support of related parties to improve and develop relations so to jointly push forward the six-party talks and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press briefing Thursday when asked to comment on talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.

US Special Representative for DPRK Policy Glyn Davies is currently in Beijing for talks with the DPRK delegation led by First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan concerning the six-party talks and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

China has always believed that it is in accordance with the interests of all parties to resume the six-party talks at an early date and implement the September 19 joint statement, said Hong.

The document, struck by China, the DPRK, the Republic of Korea (ROK), the United States, Russia and Japan in 2005 during the fourth round of the six-party talks, guides the six-party talks and all parties' moves.

In the joint statement, the DPRK committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs as the United States affirmed that it had no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and no intention to attack or invade the DPRK with nuclear or conventional weapons.

Dialogue is the only correct way to resolve the DPRK nuclear issue, Hong said, adding the six-party talks could effectively address the concerns of all parties and realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Under current situation, related parties should continue to follow the direction and objective of the six-party talks and create conditions for the early resumption of the six-party talks, said Hong.

The six-party talks, which involve the DPRK, the ROK, the United States, China, Japan and Russia, were launched in 2003, but stalled in December 2008. The DPRK quit the talks in April 2009.