Commentary: first joint statement of six-party talks inspiring

The fourth round of six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue finally concluded with a joint statement which established a frame for a package solution to the issue, making inspiring breakthrough.

The joint statement has been the first one since the six-party talks was launched in August 2003, which involved China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan.

The DPRK pledged in the statement to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs and return, at an early date, to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and to the supervision of International Atomic Energy Agency.

The United States affirms that it has no nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula and has no intention of attacking or invading the DPRK with nuclear or conventional weapons, says the statement.

The statement also included commitments on the normalization of relations between the DPRK and the United States, energy aid to the DPRK and economic cooperation with it and building mutual trust between the two countries.

The statement laid the foundation for completely eliminating the root causes of the conflicts between the DPRK and the United States and pushed the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia at large to stride a big step towards long-lasting peace, cooperation and prosperity.

This phase of the current round of talks was held on the basis of the first phase held in July and August after a five-week-long recess. The parties continuously held diplomatic consultations to coordinate each other's stance.

Though great differences between the DPRK and the United States had thrown the talks into impasse, the talks still made gratifying progress under the joint efforts by all parties represented by China, the hosting country.

The adoption of the statement was a full embodiment of the firm political willingness the six parties had to solve the Korean nuclear issue in a peaceful manner, realize a nuclear-free peninsula and safeguard the peace and stability there.

The passing of the statement also proved that the six-party talks are an effective way to solve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue in a peaceful manner.

Two years has passed since the first round of talks was started in August 2003. Despite changes in international situations and delegation heads during this period of time, the six parties' general goal to realize a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through dialogue remains, so do their common interests in their efforts to pursue the peace and stability and promote common development and prosperity on the peninsula and the northeast Asian region at large.

Now that the Korean nuclear issue rooted in the long confrontation and distrust between the DPRK and the United States, the achievements made in this round of talks opened a door for ending confrontation and building trust.

The joint statement is realistic, balanced and of a win-win category. It is a common practice the international community solve disputes through diplomacy and dialogue.

The Chinese delegation head Wu Dawei said at the closing ceremony of the talks that the joint statement was the greatest breakthrough since the six-party talks started two years ago.

However, the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue has complicated causes, and lots of problems still remain unsolved. "Our agreement reached today is the beginning of a new stage as well as a certain one," said Wu.

If all parties continue to exchange views in depth, frankly and fully, seek common grounds while narrowing differences and striving for consensus, they can keep moving ahead on a road of peace to settle the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and pursue development and cooperation in Northeast Asia.

Source: Xinhua

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