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FM spokesman: China welcomes US role on Korean Peninsula issue

By Xinhua

FM spokesman: China welcomes US role on Korean Peninsula issue
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian Islands of Java and Sumatra on April 15, 2017 after the US Navy announced it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea's "reckless" nuclear weapons program. (MC2 Sean M Castellano / AFP)

BEIJING - The United States is welcome to play a positive role in peacefully resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue , said Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Monday.

"We are willing to work with all parties concerned to achieve denuclearization and safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula," Lu told a daily press briefing.

Lu made the comments in response to the remarks of US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday.

McMaster urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to stop destabilizing behavior, saying it was the bottom line of the United States to stop the DPRK developing nuclear weapons and to denuclearize the peninsula.

We are willing to work with all parties concerned to achieve denuclearization and safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula

Lu Kang, Foreign Ministry spokesman

"We have taken note of the remarks," said Lu, adding that seeking a peaceful solution to the Korean Peninsula issue is a right direction and meets interests of all related parties.

Dialogue and consultation is the only way to resolve the Korean Peninsula issue, said Lu, reaffirming China's stance.

China has put forward a "dual-track approach" and a "suspension for suspension" proposal to ease tensions on the peninsula and create conditions for peace talks, said Lu.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, on Monday also exchanged views on the situation in Syria and the Korean Peninsula.

In a phone conversation, they also agreed that the two countries should take the opportunity of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations to push the global comprehensive strategic partnership for the 21st century to a higher level.

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