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China seeks talks on Korean Peninsula

By Xinhua

China seeks talks on Korean Peninsula
A DPRK national flag flutters in the wind on the roof of its embassy in Beijing, Jan 6, 2016. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

BEIJING - All stakeholders should work together to bring the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue to the negotiation table, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday.

It is imperative that dialog and negotiations are resumed to promote denuclearization of the peninsula, and to safeguard peace and stability in northeast Asia, spokesperson Hong Lei told a routine press briefing.

Hong's remarks came in response to mounting calls for tougher sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) following its announcement last week that it had carried out a successful hydrogen bomb test.

The test, if confirmed, will be the fourth nuclear test conducted by the DPRK. The previous three were carried out in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

China "firmly opposes" the nuclear test, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The objective of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the international nuclear non-proliferation regime should be upheld, Hong said, adding that peace and stability in the region must be maintained.

Trilateral meet

Vice foreign ministers of the Republic of Korea (ROK), the United States and Japan will hold a meeting in Tokyo on Saturday to discuss countermeasures after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s nuclear test, Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Attending the second round of such meeting will be ROK's first vice minister for foreign affairs Lim Sun-nam, US deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken and Japan's vice foreign minister Akitaka Saiki. The first round was held in Washington in April 2015.

Ahead of the meeting, the three countries' chief delegates to six-party talks to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula will gather in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss the DPRK's claim of its first successful hydrogen bomb test.

The six-party talks involves South Korea, the DPRK, China, the United States, Japan and Russia. Schedules for chief delegates talks between South Korea and Russia are under discussion.

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