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The Door for Dialogue and Negotiation Over Korean Peninsula Issue Will Surely Be Reopened One Day

On February 8, 2018, after holding the 7th China-African Union Strategic Dialogue in Beijing, Foreign Minister Wang Yi jointly met the press with Chairman of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat. Wang Yi answered journalists’ questions concerning the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Wang Yi expressed that centering on Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have recently carried out a series of active interactions, which is supported by China, the largest neighboring country to the Korean Peninsula.

Wang Yi emphasized that dialogue and negotiation are the only solution to resolve the deadlock on the Korean Peninsula and break the vicious cycle. The DPRK and the ROK have jointly taken the first step quite timely, which is of great importance. China hopes that the DPRK and the ROK could continue maintaining the current hard-won interactions, with which as the starting point they can open the door for the dialogue and negotiation over the Korean Peninsula issue step by step. Of course, to realize this goal requires the joint efforts from all parties, rather than just the two sides on the Peninsula. We must avoid the situation that some people are pushing the door open while others are closing it. China hopes that while continuing to strictly implement the UN Security Council resolution, all parties can at first suspend all actions that would provoke each other or intensify conflicts so as to maintain as much as possible the relative stability of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and jointly create the atmosphere and accumulate conditions for dialogue and negotiation. We hope the dialogue during the Olympic Winter Games to be extended to the constant daily dialogue, the interactions between the DPRK and the ROK to be expanded to all relevant parties, especially between the DPRK and the United States, and the efforts of the DPRK and the ROK to improve their relations to be expanded to joint efforts to safeguard the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. I believe that nothing is impossible with human effort. As long as we make concerted efforts and meet each other halfway, the door for dialogue and negotiation over the Korean Peninsula issue will surely be reopened one day.

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