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Peace, stability of Korean Peninsula among common interests

(Xinhua)

08:23, March 30, 2012

BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) -- The peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia complies with the common interests of all parties concerned, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday.

Hong made the remarks at a regular press briefing in response to a question concerning the United States' decision to suspend its planned nutritional aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the latter's insistence on a satellite launch.

China looks positively on the agreement reached between the U.S. and the DPRK in late February, and China supports the two sides in continuing dialogue and improving relations, said the spokesman.

Under the U.S.-DPRK agreement, the DPRK agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment, nuclear and long-range missile tests and to allow UN inspectors to return to the country. In return, the U.S. agreed to provide the DPRK with 240,000 tonnes of nutritional assistance.

Hong also called on all parties concerned to make joint efforts to maintain the peace and stability of the peninsula.

Peter Lavoy, U.S. assistant secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs, said Wednesday the U.S. decided to suspend nutritional assistance to the DPRK, as the U.S. believes that the DPRK's announcement of a satellite launch "reflects their lack of desire to follow through on their international commitments."

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