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China appeals for new North Korea talks

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi after receiving a lei (sash) greeting, upon arrival to take part in the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi receives a lei upon arrival to take part in the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its Dialogue Partners, Satu...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi waves upon arrival to take part in the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its Dialogue Partners, Saturday, Aug...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center, is escorted by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, left, upon arrival to take part in the 50...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi after receiving a lei (sash) greeting, upon arrival to take part in the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi receives a lei upon arrival to take part in the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its Dialogue Partners, Satu...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi waves upon arrival to take part in the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its Dialogue Partners, Saturday, Aug...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center, is escorted by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, left, upon arrival to take part in the 50...

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign minister called for all sides in the North Korean nuclear dispute to return to negotiations following a U.N. vote to impose new sanctions.

In a statement Sunday, Wang Yi appealed to other governments to resume the six-nation talks that involve the North, the United States, Russia, Japan and South Korea, as well as Beijing.

"The aim is to bring the peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiating table and seek a solution through negotiations until the denuclearization of the peninsula and the stability of the peninsula are achieved," Wang said.

North Korea pulled out of the talks in 2009 to protest international condemnation of a long-range rocket launch. Last month, it test-launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Washington wants eventually to talk to North Korea, but thinks discussions would not be productive if Pyongyang comes with the intention of maintaining its nuclear weapons.

Wang's statement repeated Beijing's proposal for a "double suspension," or a halt to North Korean nuclear development and to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. It said that was the most reasonable way to ease tensions and create conditions for new talks.


Updated : 2021-02-28 05:26 GMT+08:00