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FM: Beijing values ties with DPRK and stands on principles

By ZHANG YUNBI (chinadaily.com.cn)

Updated: 2016-03-08 11:40:08


Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that Beijing "will not accommodate" Pyongyang's pushing its nuclear and missile programs, while Pyongyang's need for development and security will be supported.

The senior diplomat said "China both values friendship and stands on principles" when asked about the recent relationship between China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at a Tuesday press conference during the annual session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing.

"China and the DPRK enjoy a normal state-to-state relationship with a deep tradition of friendship. China both values friendship and stands on principles. We cherish our traditional bonds with the DPRK," Wang said.

Wang said: "If the country seeks development and security, we are prepared to help and provide support. But at the same time, we have an unwavering commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and we will not accommodate the DPRK's pursuit of nuclear and missile programs."

He added that one should see very clearly that only denuclearization "could bring peace, only dialogue could provide a way out and only cooperation can bring win-win outcomes".