Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the UN, speaks at the UN headquarters in New York, Sept 12, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
UNITED NATIONS - A Chinese envoy on Wednesday called on the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to move toward each other and resume dialogue and engagement as soon as possible.
Speaking at a Security Council open meeting on the Korean Peninsula, China's Permanent Representative to the UN Zhang Jun said that since the beginning of 2018, there have been positive changes in the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the peninsula issue has been steered back to the right track toward a negotiated solution through dialogue.
The DPRK and the United States, as the main parties over the peninsula issue, should cherish the hard-won easing of the peninsula's situation achieved through dialogue and work together in a practical effort to achieve the denuclearization of, and lasting peace on, the Korean Peninsula, Zhang Jun said
"Lately the situation on the Korean Peninsula has taken a twist, leading to renewed tensions between the DPRK and the United States, bringing the peninsula's situation to yet another critical juncture," said Zhang.
The DPRK has taken a series of positive initiatives on denuclearization, but its legitimate concerns and aspirations in respect of security and development have not been given such attention as is commensurate with its effort, and remain unanswered, said the Chinese ambassador.
"This is an important reason behind the current deadlock in dialogue and the tensing up of the situation," he said.
Zhang said that in the current context, the top priority is to maintain the international consensus and momentum for a political solution to the peninsula issue, support and urge the United States and the DPRK to move toward each other, and "do everything we can to head off a dramatic reversal of the peninsula's situation."
The DPRK and the United States, as the main parties over the peninsula issue, should cherish the hard-won easing of the peninsula's situation achieved through dialogue and work together in a practical effort to achieve the denuclearization of, and lasting peace on, the Korean Peninsula, he added.
He said the two parties, especially the United States, should take on board and respect each other's concerns in good faith; genuinely demonstrate flexibility and goodwill; act on the consensus contained in the Singapore Joint Statement, and, by taking the phased and synchronized approach, break the deadlock and resume dialogue and engagement as soon as possible, to prevent the dialogue process from "derailing" or "backpedalling."
Zhang called on all parties to avoid any words or actions that stimulate the tension on the Korean Peninsula.
The international community, in particular the main parties to the peninsula issue, must take an objective and impartial position, act in the service of long-term interests and the greater good and make more efforts that contribute to the relaxation of the situation, to the DPRK-US dialogue and consultation and to the peninsula's political process, so that the peninsula will not be plunged once again into tensions and confrontations, the Chinese envoy said.
Noting that currently there is a greater urgency to a political settlement of the peninsula issue, Zhang said advancing the denuclearization of the peninsula in parallel with creating a peace mechanism on the peninsula is the only realistic and feasible way to solve the peninsula issue politically.
Zhang told the Security Council that China will continue to play a constructive role on the solution of the Peninsula issue.
At the meeting, the Chinese envoy also highlighted the importance of promoting a political solution.
He said the UN Security Council should play a constructive role and speak with one voice in support of a political solution.
Zhang called on the Security Council to make necessary adjustments to the sanctions measures on the DPRK, noting that it is imperative for the Security Council to take action and invoke the reversible provisions in the DPRK-related resolutions as soon as possible in the light of the evolving situation on the peninsula.
The Security Council resolutions concerning the DPRK should be implemented in a comprehensive, complete and accurate manner, Zhang said, adding that sanctions are just a means to an end, not an end in itself.
Meanwhile, sanctions on DPRK should not be used as excuse to pressure or even sanction China, Zhang said, noting that China is firmly against any unilateral sanctions or "long-arm jurisdiction" imposed on Chinese enterprises and individuals.
Denuclearization negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled since February's second summit in Hanoi between the DPRK's top leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump ended without a deal. The two leaders first met in Singapore in June 2018.
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