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China and Russia say 'talks and negotiation' on North Korea

China and Russia say 'talks and negotiation' on North Korea

Posted July. 06, 2017 07:12,   

Updated July. 06, 2017 07:26


Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin released a joint statement on North Korea after their presidential summit in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday. This is an unprecedented case from two countries to issue a statement on a particular issue. However, it has been criticized that two leaders only called for talks and negotiation without mentioning stronger pressure on North Korea’s repeated provocations.

“We express our grave concerns on North Korea’s ballistic missile program and urge the regime to abide by the United Nations Security Council resolution," two leaders said in the statement. "We must deal with this issue peacefully through talks and negotiation. We oppose to any form of conflicts to escalate tension." At the same time, two leaders have included China’s two track approaches in the statement: 1) suspension of North Korea’s nuclear missile program and large-scale military drills between South Korea and the U.S. and 2) denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula along with establishment of a peaceful system.

China and Russia have demanded North Korea to follow the September 19 joint statement, which wrote economic and energy support at the expense of North Korea’s abandonment of nuclear power, based on the agreement from the six party talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions in 2005. “Military options should not be considered as a solution to deal with issues of the Korean peninsula,” two leaders said with increasing worries on military actions and tough measures from the U.S. and others after North Korea’s launch of intercontinental ballistic missile.

Wan-Jun Yun zeitung@donga.com