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Wang Yi: Do Not Let the Window of Opportunity for Peace Be Closed Again

2020/02/15

On February 14, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave an exclusive interview to Reuters Global Managing Editor Alessandra Galloni in Berlin. Alessandra Galloni asked whether China runs out of patience with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Wang Yi said, the issue is not about China's patience, but about the sincerity of the United States (US) and the DPRK to reach out and meet each other halfway. China's position has been consistent and clear-cut. We have called for dialogue to achieve denuclearization, and peace and stability of the Peninsula. And in that process, the reasonable and legitimate concerns of the DPRK need to be addressed.

Wang Yi said, leaders of both the US and the DPRK reached a good agreement during their Singapore meeting, which includes two important common understandings: first, to establish a permanent peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula and second, to achieve full denuclearization. To achieve these two objectives requires a practicable roadmap. That is why China has put forth a dual-track approach, that is, the US and the DPRK will take phased and synchronized steps to proceed and advance these two processes together, so that the two objectives can be achieved in parallel. This is a reasonable proposal that is based on our experience of dealing with the issue for the past two decades and more. Russia is on the same page with China and the Republic of Korea has come on board as well. However, there is yet to be a real consensus within the US. We hope that the US and the DPRK can come to an agreement on the roadmap as early as possible. China is ready to continue to play a positive role for that to be realized. We just cannot afford to let the de-escalation that has been so hard to achieve slip away. We cannot afford to let the window of opportunity for peace be closed again.

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