Thursday, April 19, 2012

China calls for dialogue on the issue of Korean Peninsula

China on Wednesday called for dialogue and consultations to address the issue of the Korean peninsula.

"China hopes that parties concerned will stay calm, exercise restraint and maintain contact in order to continue to promote the denuclearization of the peninsula," said Liu Weimin, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry during a regular press conference.

"China has always believed that maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in northeast Asia was in the common interest of all concerned," added Liu.

The Security Council strongly condemned the UN on Monday in a presidential statement on recent satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying that the initiative had raised "serious concerns for safety", and urged Pyongyang to respect fully the resolutions of the Security Council.

The agreement US-DPRK on 29 February is of great importance for the process of denuclearization and peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, noted Liu, who hoped that both sides can continue to carry out this agreement.

The DPRK has agreed to a moratorium on nuclear testing and firing of long-range missiles and allowed the return of inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency. In exchange, the U.S. agreed to provide the country with 240 000 tonnes of food aid.