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Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:51
China welcomes joint declaration between DPRK, ROK
By Xinhua
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:51 By Xinhua

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang takes a question during a daily briefing in Beijing, China. (PHOTO / FMPRC.GOV.CN)

BEIJING - China on Friday welcomed the joint  declaration reached between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK), expressing the hope that both sides can implement the consensus of the summit to promote reconciliation and cooperation.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang made the remarks in a statement issued Friday.

DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and ROK President Moon Jae-in confirmed a common goal of complete denuclearization and agreed to push for multilateral talks to turn the current armistice agreement into a peace treaty after their first-ever summit meeting in Panmunjom on Friday.

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Kim and Moon held a signing ceremony for the joint declaration, titled the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula, at Peace House on the ROK side of the Joint Security Area, often referred to as Panmunjom after the nearby village where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement was signed.  

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying addresses a daily press briefing in Beijing, Jan 6, 2016. (WANG ZHUANGFEI / CHINA DAILY)

China also applauded the political resolve and courage of the two leaders.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks at a daily press briefing earlier on Friday.

Brotherhood has remained after all the vicissitudes, while a smile at a next encounter can help vanish all the enmity

Hua Chunying, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson

"We have all watched on TV the historic moment that the leaders of the DPRK and the ROK walked across the military demarcation line dividing the Korean Peninsula and shook hands," Hua said.

"We applaud the historic step the two leaders strode and compliment the political resolve and courage they have shown. We sincerely hope the meeting can yield positive results," she said.

The summit, 11 years after a previous one, comes at a time of warming ties between the two sides following initiatives by both Seoul and Pyongyang and other related parties on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

"Brotherhood has remained after all the vicissitudes, while a smile at a next encounter can help vanish all the enmity," Hua said, quoting a Chinese poem.

"China calls for taking the opportunity of the historic meeting in Panmunjom to start a new era of lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula," Hua said.

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