BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Kaesong industrial zone jointly operated by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea reopened Monday, five months after military tensions on the Korean Peninsula mounted and the threat of war loomed in April.
As part of former South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung's Sunshine policy of reconciliation, Kaesong has not yet shed much light on the Korean Peninsula nuclear standoff as Washington, Seoul and Tokyo decided not to send government officials to Wednesday's six-nation meeting, proposed by China as part of the efforts to resume the stalled talks.
Amid reports that Pyongyang has reactivated its nuclear program, the United States and South Korea held a joint military exercise on Sunday to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Incheon Landing in the 1950-53 Korean War.
A walk down the memory lane serves as a reminder to all parties that they should make greater efforts to discard mistrust and demonstrate sincerity to return to the six-party talks, the most viable platform to settle the Korean Peninsula issue.
With the U.S. "pivot to Asia," Washington should not exploit the current situation on the Korean Peninsula to justify its military presence in South Korea, which could further strain relations between the United States and the DPRK, as well as its neighboring states.
It is also necessary to point out that regardless of the current quagmire situation in Syria, some recent official comments and media reports appear to be tracing Syria's chemical weapons back to the DPRK.
An emphasis on a Damascus-Pyongyang connection cannot tarnish the Syrian government's international image more, while trampling sensitive areas could only further corner the DPRK - as well as disrupt the opportunity for resumed talks, causing collateral damage to the diplomatic efforts of easing tensions and achieving denuclearization goals on the peninsula.
For Pyongyang's part, the country should know that it is all parties' consistent position, including China, to achieve denuclearization on the peninsula, and its security concerns should be addressed properly, rather than violating UN Security Council resolutions.
The DPRK can only achieve the security and economic growth it wants by complying with international obligations and honoring its commitment under the six-party process.
Meanwhile, at a juncture where Washington and Moscow are too engaged in the Syria crisis, Seoul should invest more diplomatic efforts in the DPRK to restructure the inter-Korean relationship.
It will play a proactive role in settling the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula by making the relationship between the two Koreas immune to adverse changes on an international scale.
China, a signatory to the Korean War Armistice Agreement, has always been an active mediator of dialogue. China will continue to make efforts to resume the six-party talks through safeguarding peace and stability in the area as well as resolving related issues through dialogue and consultation.