Chinese president calls for restarting Six-Party talks promptly

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-3-25 9:16:09

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on all relevant parties to restart the long stalled Six-Party talks on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula as soon as possible.

At a meeting with his US counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit slated for Monday and Tuesday here, Xi said the only correct way to solve the issue is "to restart negotiations."

He urged all related parties to implement the goals set in a joint statement released on Sept. 19, 2005 at the conclusion of the fourth round of the Six-Party talks held in Beijing.

The statement affirmed, among other things, that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) promised to abandon all its nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, and in return, the United States and South Korea said they would accommodate the DPRK's security concerns.

"China has major interests and concerns on the Korean Peninsula, and firmly commits itself to realizing the denuclearization of, and to safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula," Xi said.

The Chinese president said his country is willing to keep close contact and coordination with the United States and other relevant countries on the issue.

For his part, Obama said the United States appreciates China's constructive efforts to promote peace and negotiations, and is ready to maintain communication with China over the issue.

The Six-Party talks brought together representatives of the DPRK, South Korea, China, the United States, Russia and Japan.

Xi arrived in the Netherlands Saturday for a state visit and the third Nuclear Security Summit. He will also visit France, Germany and Belgium in the coming days.

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