MOFA: Vancouver meeting on DPRK shows 'Cold War' mentality
During Wednesday’s daily news briefing, the spokesman of China’s ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the just-concluded meeting in Canada about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) showed a Cold War mentality and would only jeopardize the joint efforts made in reaching a proper settlement in the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.
"China's stance on the issue has not changed a bit," Lu said. "We remain committed to the goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to peacefully resolving the issue through dialogue and negotiation."
Foreign ministers from 20 nations of the Vancouver meeting, which started on Tuesday, are said to have considered diplomatic actions against the DPRK beyond the current UN resolutions.
The meeting was held at a time when the DPRK and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have resumed high-level talks on the DPRK's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Despite the recent exchanges made between the two, Lu warned the situation on the peninsula is still sensitive and complex.
"All parties should cherish detente on the Korean Peninsula and work together to support and help ease tension between the DPRK and ROK," Lu said. "Practice has already made it clear that sticking to sanctions and pressure can only work the other way round."
The two-day meeting was co-hosted by Canada and the US, while China and Russia, which border the DPRK and wield veto power on the UN Security Council, were absent from the meeting.