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Wang Yi Attends the Open Meeting of the United Nations (UN) Security Council on the Korean Peninsula Issue
2018-09-28

On September 27, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the open meeting of the United Nations (UN) Security Council on the Korean Peninsula issue held at the UN Headquarters in New York, stressing that all parties should strive for building a Peninsula of peace and stability, a Peninsula of complete denuclearization and a Peninsula of win-win cooperation.

Wang Yi said that since the beginning of this year, there have been important and positive changes in the Korean Peninsula situation. The Peninsula issue has returned to the track of dialogue and negotiations, and relations between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have achieved comprehensive improvement and development. The Chinese side appreciates the political resolution demonstrated by the leaders of the DPRK and the ROK, and will firmly support the DPRK and the ROK in translating the leaders' consensus into concrete actions. The Chinese side supports the DPRK and the United States (US) in maintaining dialogue and meeting each other halfway to strive for more concrete results.

Wang Yi emphasized that on the Korean Peninsula issue, the Chinese side’s position has always been consistent. That is to adhere to realizing the goal of the denuclearization, maintaining peace and stability on the Peninsula, and resolving problems through dialogue and consultation. Over the years, the Chinese side has made unremitting efforts to this end and has devoted a lot of efforts. The positive progress on the Peninsula situation today is exactly what China has been pursuing. At this moment, the Security Council has the responsibility and necessity to send a consistent and clear signal to accelerate the promotion of the political settlement process of the Peninsula issue.

All parties should make joint efforts to build a peaceful and stable Peninsula. The essence of the Peninsula issue is about security. The key to achieving peace on the Peninsula is to resolve the reasonable security concerns of all parties in a proper and balanced manner. On the basis of the DPRK’s cessation of nuclear and missile tests and the gradual destruction of relevant facilities as well as the cessation of large-scale military exercises by the US and the ROK, the timely release of proclamation on the termination of war on the Peninsula is conducive to building basic trust among all parties, opening a road to nuclear abandonment as soon as possible and accumulating conditions for reaching a final peace agreement.

All parties should make joint efforts to build a completely nuclear-free Peninsula. The denuclearization of the Peninsula is an important prerequisite for achieving lasting peace. The most effective way is to promote the denuclearization of the Peninsula in parallel with the building of a peace mechanism on the Peninsula, so that the two can be settled together. The main parties involved in advancing this process are the DPRK and the US, but all stakeholders have the responsibility to make their own efforts to this end. The Six-Party Talks will remain an indispensable multilateral platform in the future. The Security Council should also form a consensus in a timely manner to provide assistance and international guarantees.

All parties should make joint efforts to build a Peninsula of win-win cooperation. Pushing the denuclearization of the Peninsula is to primarily let the people living on the Peninsula live a peaceful and happy life. The international community should welcome the DPRK’s major decision to shift the national line to the focus on economic development. We hope that the day when the denuclearization of the Peninsula is achieved is also the time for the Peninsula to embrace development and revitalization.

Wang Yi emphasized that all parties concerned should continue to implement the resolutions related to the DPRK of the Security Council in a comprehensive, complete and accurate manner. The Chinese side firmly believes that exerting pressure is not the goal. The implementation of sanctions and the promotion of the political settlement are the requirements of the resolutions of the Security Council. These two approaches must be advanced in parallel, not in a partial or selective way. Given the current positive progress in DPRK-ROK relations as well as in DPRK-US relations, the Chinese side believes that it is necessary for the Security Council to consider launching reversible provisions at an appropriate time, so as to encourage the DPRK and relevant parties to take greater steps toward the denuclearization.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Achieving the denuclearization of the Peninsula and building a peace mechanism on the Peninsula are not only a consistent stance of the Chinese side, but has also become a universal consensus of the international community. The Chinese side calls on all parties concerned to show political courage, promote dialogue and negotiation, and jointly create lasting peace on the Peninsula, and the Chinese side will continue to make its due contributions to this end.

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