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Dialogue is the right path to solve DPRK nuke issues

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

02-15-2016 15:26 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, Post Doctorate, Department of World Development Strategy, Central Compilation and Translation Bureau

When the Chinese were celebrating the Spring Festival last week, its neighbor, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had successfully launched a Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite, which sparked chaos in Northeast Asia again.  

The United Nations Security Council resolutions forbid the DPRK from test-firing any rockets by using ballistic missile technologies. It is the second time for Pyongyang to violate such resolutions this year, after conducting a nuclear test in January.The international community has shown serious concern over the worsening situation of the Korean Peninsula. 

The tense situation has tested the political endurance, wisdom and counter-measures of related parties, including the United States, South Korea, Japan, China and the DPRK. Accordingly, the US, South Korea and Japan have adopted sterner sanctions on Pyongyang.

Seoul has shut down the Kaesong Industrial Zone, and has sought to introduce strategic weapons from Washington, while discussing plans to deploy a US Navy aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula. 

Washington and Seoul have agreed on the possible deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, an advanced U.S. missile defence system in South Korea. US Congress voted in favor of a bill to implement sterner sanctions on the DPRK. 

Tokyo would impose a number of unilateral sanctions against the DPRK, which are expected to complicate matters further. 

The DPRK may likely take more "revenge" measures to confront sanctions. The Korean Peninsula situation is headed towards a negative loop of "confrontation-sanction-further confrontation," which means the chaos escalates and war may erupt.

Hence, Beijing should play a more constructive role. Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that Beijing stands committed to the denuclearization of the Peninsula, insisting on a solution through dialogue to maintain peace and stability.

Xi said the Chinese side supports safeguarding UN Security Council resolutions and the international nonproliferation system, and would maintain coordination with all parties involved.

Xi's speech has indicated Beijing’s stance that, sanctions cannot be the objective. Dialogue is the right path to a solution. 

Long-term military deterrence and economic sanctions cannot force the DPRK to give up on nuclear tests but only fuels more tensions. Over the last eight years, six-party talks were interrupted, and the DPRK had endured frequent sanctions for carrying out several nuclear tests earlier. 

The interruption of negotiations is the real cause of the current crisis. Related parties should stay calm.

They should return to the negotiating table. It is not wise for related parties to adopt drastic actions. Each side should reflect over how to play constructive roles to resume dialogue rather than trying to reap their own benefits by exploiting the situation. 

As crucial parties, Pyongyang and Washington should make sensible decisions to restart six-party talks. 


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