China proposes ‘double pause’ initiative to ease Korean Peninsula tension

2017-05-19 19:42 GMT+8
Editor Yang Jing
China has again called on the ROK, the DPRK and the US to resume dialogue and implement a proposed "double pause" initiative to resolve common concerns and ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The "double pause" refers to the suspension of missile and nuclear tests by the DPRK and of joint military drills by the US and the ROK.  
During a meeting between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the ROK's special presidential envoy Hong Seok-hyun, Tillerson said that the US has no intention of invasion or regime change in the DPRK, according to media reports. 
Tillerson also said that the US is urging the DPRK to abandon its nuclear program, in return for regime security and an end to hostility, media reports said. 
Hua Chunying, spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the positive signals have been noted. 
China has proposed a "double pause" initiative to provide the right conditions for the concerned parties' first steps, Hua said, noting China hopes all concerned parties, including the US, the DPRK, and the ROK, can earnestly study the initiative and provide a positive response.
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