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Wang Yi Holds Telephone Talks with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan

2017/09/01

On September 1, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held telephone talks at request with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan, exchanging views on the current situation of the Korean Peninsula.

Wang Yi reiterated China's principled stance of opposing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s nuclear missile development and promoting the realization of denuclearization on the Peninsula together with the international community. China supports the UN Security Council to speak with one voice on the DPRK's latest ballistic missile launches. Wang Yi said that the essence of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is the security issue. China put forward the "suspension for suspension" proposal and the "dual-track" approach, aiming to address reasonable security concerns of each side in a balanced approach and bring the nuclear issue back to the right track of dialogue and negotiation. China's efforts are fully in accordance with the Security Council's resolutions concerning the DPRK and also in line with the common interests of all parties, including Japan. Wang Yi stressed that unilateral sanctions do not coincide with the spirit of the Security Council's resolutions and are not based on international law. Japan should not make any wrong judgments.

Taro Kono expressed that Japan strongly opposes the provocative act of launching ballistic missiles again by the DPRK and proposes that the international community take it seriously. Japan attaches importance to China's role on this issue and is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China

In regard to China-Japan relations, Wang Yi stated that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations. The improvement of bilateral relations is in the common interests of the two peoples. It is hoped that Japan will exert more positive efforts to resume mutual trust and rebuild its friendship with China, instead of thinking about making a futile effort all the time.

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