China hopes parties concerned end recriminations, stabilize situation on Korean Peninsula: foreign ministry

09:44, December 15, 2010      

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China hoped that all parties concerned should work together to stabilize the situation in the Korean Peninsula rather than finger-pointing, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman in Beijing Tuesday.

"It not only is in the common interests of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK), but also accords with the interests of all countries in the region," Spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular news briefing.

Jiang made the remarks when asked about Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo's visit to the DPRK from Dec. 8 to 9.

In Pyongyang, Dai met with Kim Jong Il, top leader of the DPRK, exchanging views with him on bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Tensions remain high on the Korean Peninsula after the DPRK and the ROK exchanged artillery fire on Nov. 23.

Amid the international community's repeated calls for restraint and calm, the United States held separate large-scale naval drills with the ROK and Japan in waters near the peninsula.

Jiang said Dai's visit was an important part of China's diplomatic efforts for easing tensions and safeguarding the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

The two sides agreed to push forward the process of six-party talks and work with other parties concerned to fully implement the commitments made in the September 19, 2005 Joint Statement of the fourth round of the six-party talks, including denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, normalization of relations and establishment of a permanent peace regime in Northeast Asia.

Launched in 2003 but stalled since the end of 2008, the six-party talks involve China, Russia, the United States, Japan, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Jiang said, the DPRK held a positive attitude towards China's recent proposal of starting six-party emergency consultations.

The DPRK appreciated China's efforts in alleviating tensions on the Korean Peninsula and hoped the consultation would help to dissipate the current unease, she said. [ She called on parties concerned to make joint efforts to properly resolve problems concerning the Korean Peninsula under the framework of the six-party talks.

"Now, it must be our priority and it is of practical significance," she stressed.

She said all parties concerned should seek more common ground while reserving differences, and take positive action to restart the six-party talks.

Source: Xinhua
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