- Title: China repeats call for restraint as North Korea tensions build
- Date: 19th December 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (DECEMBER 19, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LUO ZHAOHUI AND OTHER OFFICIALS TAKING SEATS FOR NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LUO ZHAOHUI, SAYING: "Recently however, due to many factors, especially the uneven dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea, the situation on the Korean peninsula has been affected. Some new trends have emerged, attracting the attention of the relevant sides and the international community." JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LUO ZHAOHUI, SAYING: "But overall the issues on the Korean peninsula has not left the track of dialogue, but rather is still in the framework of a political solution, where there are both opportunities and challenges. Safeguarding the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, pushing for a political solution to the Korean Peninsula issue is in the interests of the relevant parties including China, Japan and Korea." JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LUO ZHAOHUI, SAYING: "In the current situation, we hope that the relevant parties will practice restraint and meet each other halfway, and use dialogue and consultation to realize positive interactions to quickly find a meeting point and to find a resolution that addresses the concerns of both sides to ensure that the situation does not deteriorate and develops in the correct direction. Now everyone has noted that China will continue to make its own efforts." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 2nd January 2020 04:18
- Keywords: China-North Korea Chinese foreign ministry DMZ Kim North Korea Trump nuclear missiles peninsula
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAN3S5J
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- Story Text:China repeated its call for restraint and compromise on Thursday (December 19) amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, as renewed provocations from Pyongyang stoke fears it will break off talks with Washington and conduct a major weapons test.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui told reporters that tensions have somewhat risen over North Korea but the overall situation has not deviated from a track of dialogue and consultation.
The comments come as the U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun is set to arrive in the Chinese capital on Thursday for talks.
Pyongyang has conducted a series of weapons tests and waged a war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump in recent weeks, stoking fears the two countries could return to a collision course.
(Production: Martin Pollard, Wang Shubing)
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