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Chinese FM: We shall all be a promoter of peace, not discourager

China2018-05-17

All concerned parties on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue should move towards each other, not in the opposite direction, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday. Wang told reporters that to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, an issue with deep and complex historical roots, the situation of one party showing flexibility and the other tending to take a tougher stance must be avoided. "There have been lessons from the past and we do not wish to see the scenario repeat," said Wang, who is on an official tour to France, Spain, Portugal and Argentina. A US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet taking off in Gwangju, South Korea, May 16, 2018. /VCG Photo Wang stressed that the current detente on the Korean Peninsula has not come easily, and the initiative taken by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should be fully acknowledged. "All the other related parties, especially the United States, should cherish the opportunity for peace that we are witnessing. We shall all be a promoter of peace, not a discourager," Wang added.‍ Seoul and Pyongyang had agreed to hold high-level talks in the border village of Panmunjom on Wednesday, but the DPRK canceled the meeting in a pre-dawn announcement carried by the country's state media, citing the ongoing joint air combat exercises conducted by the ROK and the US. A report from official KCNA news agency called the drill an act of "playing with fire," saying that it is a "blatant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula." The ROK asks the DPRK Thursday to respond to the call of denuclearization and peace agreement which reached at recent inter-Korean summit, according to Yonhap. In this historical summit, leaders from both sides agreed to pursue full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and halt hostile acts against each other, Yonhap added. (CGTN)

All concerned parties on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue should move towards each other, not in the opposite direction, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday.

Wang told reporters that to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, an issue with deep and complex historical roots, the situation of one party showing flexibility and the other tending to take a tougher stance must be avoided.

"There have been lessons from the past and we do not wish to see the scenario repeat," said Wang, who is on an official tour to France, Spain, Portugal and Argentina.

A US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet taking off in Gwangju, South Korea, May 16, 2018. /VCG Photo

A US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet taking off in Gwangju, South Korea, May 16, 2018. /VCG Photo

Wang stressed that the current detente on the Korean Peninsula has not come easily, and the initiative taken by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should be fully acknowledged.

"All the other related parties, especially the United States, should cherish the opportunity for peace that we are witnessing. We shall all be a promoter of peace, not a discourager," Wang added.‍

Seoul and Pyongyang had agreed to hold high-level talks in the border village of Panmunjom on Wednesday, but the DPRK canceled the meeting in a pre-dawn announcement carried by the country's state media, citing the ongoing joint air combat exercises conducted by the ROK and the US.

A report from official KCNA news agency called the drill an act of "playing with fire," saying that it is a "blatant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula."

The ROK asks the DPRK Thursday to respond to the call of denuclearization and peace agreement which reached at recent inter-Korean summit, according to Yonhap.

In this historical summit, leaders from both sides agreed to pursue full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and halt hostile acts against each other, Yonhap added.

(CGTN)

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