20 September 2017

News Story: Six-party talks "efficient platform" to address Korean Peninsula nuclear issue - Chinese FM

BEIJING, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- China said Tuesday that the six-party talks are still an efficient platform to address the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang made the remarks at a routine press briefing, saying China is open to all efforts that are conducive to solving the issue peacefully via political and diplomatic means.

Lu said the joint statement, signed on Sept. 19, 2005, is the most important progress in addressing the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue through negotiations, and is of milestone significance.

The document was struck by China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan during the fourth round of the six-party talks.

In the statement, the DPRK reaffirmed its commitment to abandoning nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs. In return, the United States promised not to use nuclear weapons or conventional weapons to attack or invade the DPRK.

Read the full story at Xinhua


PacificSentinel: The single most important line in this story is the very last one.

Story Quote: "The DPRK walked out of the talks in April 2009 in protest against UN sanctions."

PacificSentinel: It was the North Koreans that threw away the agreement and sent the world down the path it has, until the North Koreans are prepared to negotiate in good faith and follow through on their pledges, nothing will come of China's continual harping on about this.