CHINA / National

Hu calls for restraint on Korean issue
By Le Tian (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-07-22 06:04

President Hu Jintao on Friday called on all parties to be patient and restrained and to push forward the Six-Party Talks aimed at making the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free.

He made the appeal when talking with his Republic of Korea (ROK) counterpart Roh Moo-hyun by phone.

Hu urged the parties to follow the principle of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.

Hu said he hoped all parties would handle the peninsula issues in a discreet and responsible way and avoid any actions that may further complicate the situation.

Hu urged all parties to do more to promote dialogue, enhance mutual trust and ease the tense situation in order to strive for an early resumption of the six-nation talks.

China is committed to finding a peaceful resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue, Hu said.

Speaking highly of the active efforts made by the Chinese side in resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula, Roh said the ROK is willing to work with other concerned parties to continue promoting the resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

Hu's remarks came as top US envoy to the Six-Party Talks Christopher Hill was reported to have said on Thursday the US wants to meet with the ROK, Japan, Russia and China next week to figure out a way to draw the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) back to the negotiation table.

"We have not noticed related reports, but whether a five-nation discussion is to be held is still not a deal," said a Foreign Ministry official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a news briefing last week China insists the six-nation talks are a "realistic and effective" mechanism for solving the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula.

Hill, who is the US Assistant Secretary of State, said after a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday that "the purpose (of the five-nation discussions) is to chart the way forward," AFP reported. "We'd like to be ready and move ahead," the report quoted Hill as saying.
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