China: Persist in realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying introduced the relevant situation of Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin to the DPRK at a regular press conference on February 20.

Hua Chunying said that at the invitation of the DPRK Foreign Ministry, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin visited North Korea from February 17th to 20th. Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin held talks with DPRK Foreign Minister Park Yi-chun, Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Hyun Joon, Li Yonghao, Vice Minister of the Korean Central Committee, Jin Chengnan, and Vice Chairman of the National Economic Development Committee, Li Tieshi, on China-DPRK relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Extensive and in-depth exchange of views.

Vice Minister Liu Zhenmin said that China attaches great importance to China-DPRK relations and is willing to strengthen political communication with the DPRK, respect each other’s interests, expand pragmatic cooperation, and promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

China adheres to the goal of denuclearization of the peninsula, maintains peace and stability on the peninsula, resolves problems through dialogue and consultation, and must not allow the peninsula to compete. China supports the improvement of relations between the DPRK and the ROK and positively evaluates the progress made in the recent dialogue between the two sides. It is hoped that all parties concerned will work together to promote the relaxation of the situation on the peninsula, maintain peace and stability on the peninsula, and create conditions for the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

The DPRK side stated that it is the unshakable position of the North Korean party and government to continuously consolidate and develop the traditional friendship and cooperation between the DPRK and China. The DPRK is willing to work with China to promote exchanges and cooperation in various fields between the two countries. The realization of the denuclearization of the peninsula is the legacy of President Kim Il Sung and General Secretary Kim Jong Il and is the consistent position of the DPRK. The DPRK is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China and do its utmost to ease the situation and promote the resumption of the Six-Party Talks to jointly safeguard peace and stability on the peninsula and in the region.

According to Hua Chunying, at the invitation of the Korean Foreign Ministry, Vice Minister Liu Zhenmin visited South Korea from February 20th to 22nd. During his visit to South Korea, Vice Minister Liu Zhenmin will hold diplomatic consultations with the head of the Korean Foreign Ministry and meet with the heads of relevant Korean departments. The two sides will exchange views on issues of common concern such as China-ROK relations and regional situation. Like the DPRK, Vice President Liu’s visit to South Korea is also a routine exchange between the two foreign ministries.

Hua Chunying emphasized that China, as a close neighbor of the Korean Peninsula, maintains friendly and cooperative relations with both the north and the south of the peninsula. China is committed to maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and is committed to promoting the denuclearization of the peninsula and advancing the process of the six-party talks China will continue to make active efforts to this end in its own way.

Responsible Editor: Wu Yuanchun

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