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China calls for restraint, dialogue on Korean Peninsula issue

12-21-2010 20:52 BJT

BEIJING, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- China Tuesday urged all parties involved in the Korean Peninsula situation to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid future unfortunate incidents.

"The Korean Peninsula situation is still complicated and sensitive," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular news briefing as she called on all parties to have a responsible attitude.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) staged live-fire artillery drills in the sensitive area of Yeonpyeong Island on Monday. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) did not launch an attack in response to the ROK drill.

China hopes all sides engaged keep in contact and resume dialogue and negotiation as soon as possible, Jiang said.

She added that the parties concerned should resolve their concerns in a balanced way through the six-party talks framework and in line with the Sept. 19 Joint Statement.

Preserving peace and stability on the Peninsula is in the interests of all, she said, adding that China will always play a constructive role.

Launched in 2003 but stalled since the end of 2008, the six-party talks involve China, Russia, the United States, Japan, the DPRK and the ROK.

"All sides should realize that dialogue and negotiation - rather than war and weapons - are the right ways to work out the Korean Peninsula issue," she said.

The United Nations Security Council met for eight hours on Sunday in a closed-door session. There, representatives of the DPRK and the ROK voiced their respective positions.

Jiang described the meeting as "positive" as Security Council members, including China, the U.S. and Russia, made endeavors to avoid future military conflict on the Peninsula.

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