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Swiss say ready to facilitate US-North Korea talks

Swiss say ready to facilitate US-North Korea talks Swiss say ready to facilitate US-North Korea talks
Gerardo Duncan | 11 March, 2018, 03:02

Wang was also asked about the recent developments in his press conference, and his answer went into more detail than previous statements from the Foreign Ministry.

Wang further highlighted the impact of dialogue in easing out the tensions between the DPRK and the Republic of Korea during the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

On Tuesday, South Korean officials said the two Koreas agreed to hold a summit at the truce village of Panmunjeom in late April, with the North voicing readiness to talk with the United States about denuclearization and normalization of bilateral ties.

"The fact is that China's double suspension proposal worked as a medicine and was proved to lay the best groundwork for improvement in North-South relations", Wang added.

Speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of the annual meeting of parliament, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Belt and Road was a "sunshine initiative" that was open and for all to benefit from. As expected, Wang praised the recent diplomatic efforts by North and South Korea, emphasizing that the current period of warmth is unlike anything seen on the Korean Peninsula in some time.

Wang also emphasized what he called the key role played in China's more pro-active foreign policy by President Xi Jinping, who is likely to remain leader indefinitely after the legislature lifts presidential term limits. In their dialogues, Wang said, all parties should equally address both denuclearization and "legitimate security concerns" (including those of North Korea). "China will take necessary measures in the event of a trade war".

U.S. President Donald Trump said last week that Washington will impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum, apparently targeting the world's second-biggest economy.

"Everything will operate in the sunshine", Wang said.

China has responded positively to the developments, as one would expect.

"China and France have joined hands to build a nuclear power station in Britain, becoming a model for cooperation in new high-tech projects for the Belt and Road", he said, referring to the Hinkley Point scheme, which British Prime Minister Theresa May initially put on hold when she came to office in 2016.

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