Korean Crisis: China not in favor of setting preconditions for restarting six-party talks

China is not in favor of setting any preconditions for restarting the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, which have been stalled for about two years, a senior diplomat said Friday.

China takes a positive and tolerant attitude toward the talks’ resumption, and is unwilling to see the current stagnation, Wu Dawei, Chinese special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.

“The resumption of the six-party talks is facing many difficulties. We hope those difficulties can be overcome at an early date,” said Wu, while attending the annual session of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the country’s top political advisory body.

The six-party talks began in 2003, involving China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan. Six rounds of talks had been held before December 2008 when the talks were stalled.

US-South Korea military drills

Wu said that China’s overall goal of pushing six-party talks is to help achieve the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful way, achieve the normalization of relations between relevant countries, and establish a peace and security mechanism in northeastern Asia.

Such a goal conforms to not only the interests of China, but also the interests of other countries, Wu said.

“(To restart the six-party talks,) some propose DPRK-U.S. talks first, some propose DPRK-ROK talks first, and we support all those proposals,” Wu said, adding that “we do not want to see any party set preconditions for restarting the talks.”

 

China is not in favor of setting any preconditions for restarting the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, which have been stalled for about two years, a senior diplomat said Friday.

China takes a positive and tolerant attitude toward the talks’ resumption, and is unwilling to see the current stagnation, Wu Dawei, Chinese special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.

“The resumption of the six-party talks is facing many difficulties. We hope those difficulties can be overcome at an early date,” said Wu, while attending the annual session of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the country’s top political advisory body.

The six-party talks began in 2003, involving China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan. Six rounds of talks had been held before December 2008 when the talks were stalled.

Wu said that China’s overall goal of pushing six-party talks is to help achieve the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful way, achieve the normalization of relations between relevant countries, and establish a peace and security mechanism in northeastern Asia.

Such a goal conforms to not only the interests of China, but also the interests of other countries, Wu said.

“(To restart the six-party talks,) some propose DPRK-U.S. talks first, some propose DPRK-ROK talks first, and we support all those proposals,” Wu said, adding that “we do not want to see any party set preconditions for restarting the talks.”

– Xinhua

 

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