China hopes the Beijing meetings on the DPRK nuclear issue will continue through efforts from the various parties concerned, Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said Thursday.
At a regular press conference, Kong said China's attitude is open and flexible. The key lies in the result of talks. The peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula should be maintained and the goal of a nuclear-free peninsula should be achieved.
Kong said that all parties concerned are making concerted efforts to determine the venue and date of the next meeting. One consensus is that the Beijing meeting was fruitful and was a good beginning for a peaceful resolution to the nuclear issue of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), he said.
When Chinese President Hu Jintao met with his US counterpart George W. Bush in early June, Bush said the United States valued the efforts China had made in resolving the DPRK nuclear issue, and Bush reiterated that the United States hoped to resolve the issue peacefully through diplomatic channels.
Kong said the DPRK nuclear issue is crucial since it has a direct impact on the peace, stability and development in the region, adding that peace and stability on the peninsula is a very important and practical issue.
He said that the situation on the peninsula is complex and delicate and that China hopes the parties concerned refrain from actions that may complicate the situation.