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US, ROK wants stronger ties with China on DPRK issue

By Xinhua

US, ROK wants stronger ties with China on DPRK issue
US President Barack Obama listens as President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye speaks during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Oct 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON -- The United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will strengthen coordination with China to bring the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the six-party talks at an early date, a joint statement said on Friday.

"We will continue to strengthen our coordination with China and the other parties in order to bring North Korea (DPRK) ... back to credible and meaningful talks as soon as possible," said the ROK-US joint statement released after a meeting between US President Barack Obama and ROK President Park Geun-hye.

It is the first time that the ROK and the United States have adopted a joint statement on DPRK, the ROK state news agency Yonhap reported.

At the press conference, Obama expressed willingness to see a strong relationship between the ROK and China as well as to cooperate with China on the Korean Peninsula issues.

"We want South Korea to have a strong relationship with China, just as we want to have a strong relationship with China," Obama said. "We want to see China's peaceful rise."

In the joint statement released by Yonhap, the two reaffirmed commitment to "achieve the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea in a peaceful manner."

The United States and the ROK have "no hostile policy" toward the DPRK, and remain open to dialogue with Pyongyang, the statement said, while warning that "further significant measures by the UN Security Council" could follow if the DPRK "carries out a launch using ballistic missile technology or a nuclear test."

During a recent visit to the DPRK, Liu Yunshan, a senior official of Communist Party of China, said China is willing to work with the DPRK to strive for early resumption of the six-party talks on the nuclear issue.

China is willing to work with the DPRK on various issues and to play a constructive role in safeguarding regional peace and stability, Liu said.

Launched in 2003, the six-party talks mechanism, which involves China, Japan, Russia, the ROK, the United States and the DPRK, aims to negotiate a viable solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. It is suspended in December 2008.

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