China, Russia should gain greater international support for NK solution: FM

By Liu Xin Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/19 23:23:40 Last Updated: 2017/9/20 4:04:12

The Korean Peninsula nuclear issue must be resolved in a peaceful way, and that China would shoulder its share of the responsibility, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday.

Wang met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Monday in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.

Wang said the current vicious cycle surrounding the Korean Penisula nuclear issue should be broken, and that China and Russia should gain greater international support for their proposed solution.

Lavrov said Russia agrees with China's proposed solution to the Korean Peninsula issue and would work together with China to resolve the problem peacefully.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Tuesday for statesmanship to avoid war with North Korea and criticized world leaders stoking resentment over refugees for political gain, two apparent digs at President Donald Trump, Reuters reported.

In his address to the annual gathering of world leaders at the 193-member UN General Assembly, Guterres said the North Korea crisis must be resolved through a political process. "This is the time for statesmanship," he said. "We must not sleepwalk our way into war."

Wang's remarks showed that China is trying to win more support from the international community on resolving the nuclear issue through diplomatic and peaceful means, "especially when more parties, which used to be considered irrelevant, are involved in the discussions," Da Zhigang, director of the Institute of Northeast Asian Studies at the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

The Korean Peninsula nuclear issue has become more of an international concern than a regional problem especially after the UN imposed the latest and toughest sanctions on North Korea. The nuclear issue would top the agenda of the UN General Assembly, Da said.

North Korea may not meet with other countries, including China, as the US, South Korea and Japan may use the opportunity to urge the international community to firmly implement UN sanctions, which North Korea would consider pressure and a provocation, Da said.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a Q&A statement released on Tuesday that China's proposed "double suspension" to defuse the looming crisis on the Korean Peninsula is based on the spirit of the Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six-Party Talks signed on September 19, 2005.

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