- Title: China says U.S. holds key to breaking stalemate on Korean Peninsula
- Date: 8th July 2020
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (JULY 8, 2020) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ZHAO LIJIAN, SAYING: "North Korea and the U.S are major conflicting parties in regards to the Korean Peninsula issue. The U.S. holds the key to breaking the current deadlock. As China has stressed many times, we should not only talk about the issue but also act on it. The U.S. side should show sincerity and take concrete actions to respond to North Korea's legitimate and reasonable concerns. China is willing to continue to play a constructive role for the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 22nd July 2020 10:57
- Keywords: China Korean Peninsula North Korea Pyongyang South Korea foreign ministry briefing the United States
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
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- Story Text:China said on Wednesday (July 8) the United States holds the key to breaking the stalemate on the Korean Peninsula, amid renewed tensions as Pyongyang refuses to return to denuclearisation talks with Washington.
"The U.S. holds the key to breaking the current deadlock," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said during a regular news briefing in Beijing.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun earlier on Wednesday rejected reports that he was seeking to meet North Korean officials during a visit to South Korea this week but reiterated that Washington is open to resuming talks.
North Korea said last week it did not feel the need for a new summit, days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had offered to mediate between Kim and Trump, suggested the two leaders meet again before the U.S. elections in November.
(Production: Thomas Suen, Irene Wang)
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