Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on the Korean Nuclear Issue

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also stated China's position on the Korean nuclear issue at the ARF Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the afternoon of 12 July, 2012.

Foreign Minister Yang said to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintain peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia meets the common interest of all parties. It is also the common responsibility of all parties. The Korean Peninsula is the only region in the world with the Cold War vestige. There is a serious lack of trust between the relevant parties, which is the fundamental reason why the overall security situation on the Peninsula remains fragile. China maintains that efforts should be made to iron out differences through dialogue, resolve concerns of all parties in a comprehensive and balanced manner, and achieve common security.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains complex and sensitive. The Chinese side is deeply concerned about the situation. We have vigorously worked on the relevant parties, urging them to stay calm, exercise restraint and avoid taking moves that may exacerbate tensions.

What has happened shows that the Six-Party Talks is an effective mechanism for realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. It is also an important platform for relevant parties to improve relations. China will continue to work unrelentingly with the international community for peace and stability on the Peninsula.

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