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China proposes emergency consultations on Korean Peninsula tensions

English.news.cn   2010-11-28 16:57:31 FeedbackPrintRSS

 
Wu Dawei, Chinese special representative for the Korean Peninsula affairs, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 28, 2010. China on Sunday proposed emergency consultations among the heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks next month as tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula. (Xinhua/Zhang Jing)

BEIJING, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- China on Sunday proposed emergency consultations among the heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks next month as tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula.

"The Chinese side, after careful deliberation, proposes emergency consultations among the heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks in early December in Beijing to exchange views on major issues of concern to the parties at present," said Wu Dawei, Chinese special representative for the Korean Peninsula affairs.

It is China's latest move with regard to tensions on the peninsula, following the exchange of artillery fire Tuesday between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The ROK and the United States on Sunday launched a four-day joint naval drill in waters west of the divided Korean Peninsula, the U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington joined the drill.

A statement from the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said it "demonstrates the strength" of the alliance between Seoul and Washington and their "commitment to regional stability through deterrence."

But the DPRK on Sunday blasted the ROK-U.S. joint exercises, saying they were bringing war to the Korean Peninsula.

China has repeatedly called for calm and restraint, urging the resumption of the stalled Six-Party Talks among China, the DPRK, the United States, the ROK, Russia and Japan.

Wu told a press conference the consultations would aim to properly address the situation on the Korean Peninsula and were in accordance with the Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks issued on Sept. 19, 2005.

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Editor: Deng Shasha
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