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Beijing Hopes Seoul, Pyongyang to Reduce Tensions on Korean Peninsula

Sputnik News

17:54 15.08.2017

China hopes that both North and South Korea will be able to make concerted and decisive efforts in the direction necessary to break the current deadlock, and allow for a return to peaceful dialogue and consultations, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying.

BEIJING (Sputnik) — Beijing hopes that Seoul and Pyongyang will be able to make joint efforts that are necessary to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said Tuesday.

"The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is extremely sensitive and is approaching a critical point. It is a watershed moment to decide on a return to peace negotiations… China hopes that both North and South Korea will be able to make concerted and decisive efforts in the direction necessary to break the current deadlock, and allow for a return to peaceful dialogue and consultations," the diplomat said.

Hua stressed that China had always been a supporter of seeking a peaceful solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear problem. The parties must take joint steps to maintain peace and stability on the peninsula per the common interests of all relevant parties, she stressed.

"China believes that in the current situation the parties concerned should show restraint, make the right decisions to ensure the stability and security of their peoples and the entire region, and take the right actions to reduce tensions and solve the Korean peninsula peacefully," Hua said.

Earlier this month, the UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted a resolution tightening sanctions against North Korea after it had launched two missiles in July. The move was criticized by Pyongyang, which subsequently vowed to use any means possible to retaliate against the United States after the UNSC approved the new US-drafted sanctions. In response to Pyongyang's threats, Seoul promised to speed up the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system.

Last week, Pyongyang and Washington exchanged threats with one another. Most recently, the North Korean military said Wednesday it was considering a missile attack near the Pacific island of Guam, which hosts several US military bases.

Sputnik



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