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China offers solution for Korean Peninsula nuclear issue

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

02-22-2016 16:52 BJT

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

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the third round of bilateral diplomatic and strategic dialogue with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in Beijing on Feb.17. At a joint press conference, Wang said Beijing would promote denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a truce-to-peace mechanism with relevant parties. 

Such mechanisms serve two ends of the balance, which should be carried out simultaneously. 

All parties should  take such measures as political diplomacy, economic sanctions and public opinion condemnation  in an effort to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiations table. Meanwhile the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is requesting guarantees for its safety, economic development and international status. 

Pyongyang launched an Earth-observation satellite allegedly to test ballistic missile technology on Feb. 7, after conducting its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6. The Korean Peninsula situation has gotten more intense. 

Under the cover of "deterring DPRK", the United States has accelerated its military deployment in Northeast Asia, which includes posting a nuclear submarine, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, strategic bombers, Stealth fighters and even threatening to place the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea and preparing to conduct joint US-ROK military exercises. 

The White House issued a statement that President Barack Obama signed a sterner sanctions bill on individuals and entities who have relations with DPRK in terms of weapons of mass destruction, munitions, luxury, cyber crimes and violations of human rights, by freezing assets, prohibiting those entities from entering and terminating government contracts. 

ROK President Park Geun-hye said her country would take strong measures against DPRK, and should use all possible means to resolve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. 

She said DPRK leader Kim Jong Un was running wildly and unscrupulously on a dangerous road, which could lead to a "regime collapse."  Meanwhile, the Kaesong Industrial Zone, a symbol of Korean Peninsula cooperation, was shut down for an indefinite duration, which could irritate DPRK and even provoke war. 

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said DPRK should "pay the price" for repeatedly violating UN Security Council resolutions. The UN Security Council was discussing a new resolution to prevent Pyongyang from "going too far on a wrong path."

As the host country of six-party talks, China has communicated with the US, Russia and the ROK. They all agreed that sanctions should not be the objective and everyone should return to the negotiation table. Under the premise of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Pyongyang's concerns over its safety deserve international consideration. 

Wang compared the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula with the Iran nuclear deal, saying the long suspension of six-party talks had resulted in a situation that "no one wants to see." However, the Iran nuclear deal was finally reached after 10-years of talks.  

The international society, especially Washington should take sincerity and measures to promote a settlement. 

It has been decades for Pyongyang to show a willingness to reach a peace treaty with Washington, and to throw an olive branch again in October 2015, hoping to resume negotiations to resolve historical problems in the aftermath of the Korean War. 

However, the Obama administration has never attempted to conduct "real exchanges" on the Korean issue. The six-party talks have been suspended for 8 years, which is the major contributor to the present predicament on the Korean Peninsula.

Beijing’s proposals on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a truce-to-peace mechanism should be pursued to resolve major concerns of all parties in a balanced manner, while defining a target for negotiations. It is the only way out to settle the divisive nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. 

 

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