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China urges US, N.Korea to hold talks
March 09, 2018
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BEIJING: China’s foreign minister urged the United States and North Korea on Thursday to start talks as soon as possible, stressing that “the sincerity” of all parties to solve the nuclear crisis would be tested.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi cautiously welcomed Seoul’s announcement that Pyongyang had offered to hold denuclearisation talks with the United States in return for security guarantees.

The North also agreed to hold a historic summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April.

“The Korean peninsula issue has finally taken an important step in the right direction,” Wang told a press conference on the sidelines of annual parliamentary session.

“These initial steps must be followed up by corresponding and concerted efforts by the parties. We call on the parties, particularly the United States and the DPRK, to engage in dialogue sooner rather than later,” he said.

But Wang issued a word of caution, noting that breakthroughs on the North Korean nuclear issue had collapsed in the past.

“Of course it takes more than one cold day to freeze three feet of ice,” he said.

“Despite light at the end of the tunnel, the journey ahead won’t be smooth. History has reminded us time and again that whenever tensions subsided on the peninsula the situation would be clouded by various interferences,” he said.

“Now is the crucial moment to test the sincerity of the parties to solve the nuclear issue.”

Wang’s comments come as two South Korean envoys left for Washington to brief US officials on the North’s offer, after their landmark visit to meet Kim in Pyongyang.

According to Seoul, Kim said the North wanted to talk to the US and would not need nuclear weapons if the country’s security was guaranteed.

Envoy Chung Eui-yong, head of Seoul’s National Security Office, will travel to China and Russia following his Washington trip.

Wang said the security concerns of North Korea must be addressed in return for progress towards denuclearisation.

Under pressure from US President Donald Trump, Beijing has backed a series of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, sending relations between the Cold War-era allies to a new low.

Beijing has repeatedly called for negotiations to peacefully put an end to tensions that have raised fears of nuclear warfare, after months of fiery rhetoric between Kim and Trump.

Agence France-Presse

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