China state media urge Korea dialogue
AFPBEIJING -- Talks are the best way to resolve nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Chinese state media said Wednesday after North Korea rejected dialogue on its atomic program following new U.N. sanctions.
January 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
“The ultimate way to restore lasting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula is to build trust among key parties through dialogue and consultation,” the official Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary.
The article came shortly after Pyongyang's foreign ministry responded angrily to the U.N. Security Council action, saying there would be “no dialogue to discuss denuclearization” and hinting a new nuclear test could be planned.
China is seen as the country with the most influence on North Korea given their shared communist roots, contiguous border, experience fighting as allies during the Korean War and close economic ties.
Referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Xinhua described the U.N. move as “a clear response to Pyongyang's violation of Security Council resolutions, which the DPRK as a U.N. member should abide by.”
“It is worth noting that the long-stalled six-party talks remain the most viable platform for dialogue,” Xinhua said.
“As the situation on the Korean peninsula comes to a crossroad, it is high time for the six relevant countries ... to return to the negotiating tables.”
The six-party talks are chaired by China and involve the two Koreas, the United States, Japan and Russia.
The aim has been to entice Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for aid and security guarantees, but the process has been moribund since the North stormed out of the forum in 2009.