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Cold War thinking harms efforts to resolve Korean Peninsula issue: FM spokesman

By Dong Feng (People's Daily)    09:52, January 18, 2018

China on Wednesday reiterated that its stance over maintaining peace and stability on a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, following a US-led meeting of pro-South Korean countries in Vancouver, Canada.

“The peninsula issue should be resolved through dialogue and consultation,”Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press conference on Wednesday.

Canada and the US convened countries of the "United Nations Army" of the Korean War (1950-53) and co-sponsored a foreign ministers' meeting on the Korean nuclear issue in Vancouver. The meeting called for the“international community”to exert utmost pressure on North Korea.

“We have said many times that the essence of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is security. Only through dialogue and a balanced solution to the legitimate security concerns of all parties can we find an effective way to peacefully resolve the peninsula issue,” Lu said.

To this end, China has put forward the‘two-track parallelism’mentality and the "double suspension" initiative.

“The DPRK and Republic of Korea are gradually resuming dialogue, and the situation on the peninsula remains very complicated and sensitive. All parties should cherish the rare easing situation that has emerged in the current situation in the Korean Peninsula, support the Koreas in their efforts to improve their relations, and work hard to ease the situation and promote dialogue. Practice has proved that blindly pressured and isolated practices will only be counterproductive,” Lu added.

“As we all know, the ‘United Nations military’ was a product of the Cold War and is outdated. The US and Canada, as sponsors of the conference, will apparently be thinking of the Cold War in the name of the so-called UN military and will only create divisions in the international community and undermine the joint efforts to promote proper resolution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue,”Lu said.

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