China stresses dialogue, denuclearization on Korean crisis
Iran Press TV
Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:16PM GMT
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called for denuclearization, peace and dialogue as the best solution to the ongoing crisis on the Korean Peninsula amid growing concern that a nuclear military confrontation is imminent.
'China's stance on the Korean Peninsula is consistent. No matter what happens, China will stick to denuclearization and peace on the peninsula and settling the issue through dialogue,' Wang said in talks with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday.
He stressed that Beijing is seriously concerned about the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, urging related parties to refrain from any act that would destabilize the situation.
Wang also called on the parties to have dialogue, improve relations, build trust, jointly promote the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and attain lasting peace in northeast Asia.
The Korean Peninsula has been locked in a cycle of escalating military rhetoric following the participation of nuclear-capable US B-52s and B-2 stealth bombers in recent joint military drills with South Korea.
On March 30, North Korea declared that it was in a "state of war" with South Korea. Pyongyang warned that if Washington and Seoul launched a preemptive attack, the conflict would "not be limited to a local war, but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war."
On April 9, North Korea urged all foreign institutions, enterprises, and tourists in South Korea to leave the country, warning that the Korean Peninsula was nearing a 'thermonuclear war'.
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