Wang Yi: The Key to Resolving the Korean Peninsula Nuclear Issue Is to Put Forward a Feasible Roadmap

On May 13, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia jointly met the press after their talks in Sochi. Wang Yi was asked about his comment on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Wang Yi expressed that the settlement of the nuclear issue has been in stagnation and the uncertainties in the Korean Peninsula situation have been rising since the summit between the United States (US) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Hanoi. However, we also notice that the DPRK side still remains committed to realizing the basic goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula while the US side has not given up the basic guideline of resolving the issue through dialogue. This shows that the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue still remains in the framework of political settlement without deviating from its track.

Wang Yi pointed out that the stagnation arose because both sides had yet to find a feasible roadmap for resolving the issue. The leaders of the US and the DPRK clearly made the commitment to realizing complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and building a peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, and establishing new US-DPRK relations to this end in their Joint Statement at the Singapore summit. It is a right direction welcomed and supported by the international community, including China and Russia. The question is how to achieve the two goals together. It has been a quarter century since the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue broke out, and there were several times when success was near, but at the end it was stuck without a mutually acceptable and feasible roadmap. As for the way out for the predicament, the feasible approach from the experience summarized from the past 25 years is that both sides should set packaged goals, make clear the progress in each stage and carry out a dual-track approach. This basic concept is not only the consensus of China and Russia, and is also becoming the consensus of the international community. We notice that both the US and the DPRK sides have continuous contacts and gradually move closer to each other.

Wang Yi expressed that it is the shared goals of China and Russia to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, resolve security concern and develop the economy of the DPRK, as well as realize lasting peace and stability of the Peninsula. The Chinese side will continue to play a constructive role to this end.

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