China opposes war on Korean Peninsula: FM spokesman

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/28 19:30:38

China said Thursday it is opposed to war or chaos on the Korean Peninsula and encourages positive signals on peacefully resolving the peninsula's nuclear issue through dialogue and consultation.

"The international community will never allow war on the peninsula, which would plunge the people into misery and suffering," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at a daily press briefing.

Lu made the remarks in response to a five-point statement issued by the Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in and chiefs of four opposition parties Wednesday.

The statement urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to immediately stop provocation and move toward peace and denuclearization.

It reconfirmed the basic principle of peacefully resolving the nuclear issue, while agreeing to make bipartisan efforts to ease tensions.

Lu said China has always supported dialogue between the United States and the DPRK, as well as dialogue between the ROK and the DPRK.

"The Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is related to regional peace and stability as well as vital interests of all parties concerned," he said. "Breaking the deadlock requires all relevant parties to show their sincerity."

He said that both sanctions and talks are requirements of UN Security Council resolutions, and that it does not accord with the spirit of UN resolutions to uphold one at the expense of the other.

On July 4, China and Russia issued a joint statement on the issue of the Korean Peninsula.

The two countries put forward a roadmap on the basis of Russia's step-by-step approach, and China's dual track approach and suspension for suspension initiative.

Lu said the joint initiative took the concerns of all relevant parties into account and is worthy of consideration.

He said he hoped that all parties would make positive and constructive efforts to promote denuclearization and ensure peace and stability on the peninsula.

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