China says nations must resolve DPRK nuclear issue via six-party talks

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In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, photo, what is believed to be an improved version of the KN-08 ballistic missile is paraded in Pyongyang, in the DPRK, during the 70th anniversary celebrations of its ruling party’s creation. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The tremor caused by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s alleged successful hydrogen bomb test might have diminished, but the seismic waves have not.

The international community, particularly those that neighbor the Korean Peninsula, have denounced the DPRK’s move.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about the issue via telephone.

Wang told Kerry that China is ready to work with other parties to jointly address the issue to safeguard the international nuclear non-proliferation treaty, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a regular press briefing.

Hua stressed that all sides should be committed to the peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and avoid escalation of tensions.

After is conversation with Wang, Kerry told reporters that China’s approach to the DPRK had not been successful thus far.

“Today, in my conversation with the Chinese, I made it very clear that [China’s approach to the DPRK] has not worked and we cannot continue business as usual.”

Referencing Kerry’s remarks, spokesperson Hua responded that “neither the origin nor the sticking point of the nuclear issue in the Korean peninsula lies in China. The key to addressing this issue does not lie just with China either.”

She reiterated that China has always advocated and remains committed to properly accommodating reasonable concerns of all sides and to finding solutions for long-term peace and stability in the peninsula through dialogue under the six-party talks.

The talks included the DPRK, South Korea, China, Russia, Japan and the United States. They first in August 2003 and halted in 2009 after the DPRK withdrew.

Story by CCTV News