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North Korea shows willingness to denuclearize

NHK reported that according to China’s Xinhua News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid a four-day visit to China that concluded on March 28, during which he met with Chinese President Xi. According to the Chinese side, the North Korean leader expressed his commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and eagerness to hold summit talks with South Korea next month and the U.S. after that. The network said, however, that the North Korean announcement did not mention denuclearization.

 

According to the network, President Xi welcomed the positive changes seen on the Korean Peninsula since the beginning of this year and reiterated the Chinese government’s position by saying: “Our goal remains achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, preserving peace and stability, and resolving issues through dialogue.” Xi also reportedly said: “China will continue to play a constructive role in Korean Peninsula issues and work with other nations to ease tensions.” In response, Kim reportedly said: “In accordance with the will of my grandfather, Kim Il Sung, and my father, Kim Jong Il, our position of dedicating all our efforts toward achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula remains unchanged.” Kim also reportedly said: “We made a decision to shift the inter-Korean relationship to a relationship of reconciliation and cooperation. We would like to also hold dialogue and a summit with the United States.” On the U.S. and South Korea, Kim reportedly said: “If they respond to our efforts, they will be able to take measures to achieve peace gradually and simultaneously, and resolve the issue of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”  All other networks carried similar reports.

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