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Hold talks as soon as possible to solve crisis: China tells US, N Korea

But China issued a word of caution, noting that breakthroughs on the North Korean nuclear issue had collapsed in the past

AFP/PTI  |  Beijing 

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China's foreign minister urged the and North Korea on Thursday to start talks as soon as possible, stressing that "the sincerity" of all parties to solve the would be tested.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi cautiously welcomed Seoul's announcement that had offered to hold denuclearisation talks with the in return for security guarantees.

The North also agreed to hold a historic summit between its leader and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April.

"The Korean peninsula issue has finally taken an important step in the right direction," Wang told a press conference on the sidelines of annual parliamentary session.

"These initial steps must be followed up by corresponding and concerted efforts by the parties. We call on the parties, particularly the and the DPRK, to engage in dialogue sooner rather than later," he said.

But Wang issued a word of caution, noting that breakthroughs on the North Korean nuclear issue had collapsed in the past.

"Of course it takes more than one cold day to freeze three feet of ice," he said.

"Despite light at the end of the tunnel, the journey ahead won't be smooth. History has reminded us time and again that whenever tensions subsided on the peninsula the situation would be clouded by various interferences," he said.

"Now is the crucial moment to test the sincerity of the parties to solve the nuclear issue.

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 11:08 IST
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