News ID: 319911
Published: 0343 GMT February 05, 2022

US should show flexibility for North Korea breakthrough: China

US should show flexibility for North Korea breakthrough: China

China’s U.N. ambassador said Friday the U.S. should come up with “more attractive and more practical” policies and actions to reduce tensions with North Korea and avoid a return to a “vicious circle” of confrontation, condemnation and sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile program.

Zhang Jun said that the solution lies in direct dialogue and that if the Biden administration wants to see a breakthrough with Pyongyang “they should show more sincerity and flexibility.”

In rare remarks to reporters on Beijing's views on the U.S.-North Korean nuclear dispute, the Chinese ambassador said, “What I see is the key in solving this issue is already in the hands of the United States.”

Asked what else the United States should do since it has already said it is prepared to talk with North Korea, Zhang pointed to talks between former U.S. president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore and Hanoi, AP wrote.

“We have seen the suspension of the nuclear test, we have seen the suspension of the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles” by North Korea, he said. “And then what has been done by the U.S.?”

Zhang said the administration of US President Joe Biden should be asked “in what way they can accommodate the concerns of DPRK (North Korea) ... to really bring tension down and then to put things under control.”

Zhang spoke before joining a closed U.N. Security Council session called by the U.S. following North Korea’s most recent test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile. The U.S. had sought approval by the 15-member council of a press statement condemning the launch, one of a record nine tests in January, as a violation of council resolutions and sanctions.

The statement was signed by council members Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the U.S. The seven council members that didn't sign are China, Russia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Ghana and Gabon.

Asked about Zhang’s call for stepped up U.S. action and whether Biden should get directly involved in diplomacy, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that the U.S. is willing to meet with North Korea without preconditions.

Zhang called this “a critical moment” and said all concerned parties, including Security Council members, “should stay prudent in words and actions” and avoid further escalation of tensions.

“We have seen a vicious circle – confrontation, condemnation, sanctions, and then coming back to condemnation, confrontation and sanctions again,” Zhang said. “So, what will be the end?”

He said that is why China and Russia proposed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution in November that would lift some sanctions.

“We do not think that draft resolution will solve all the problems,” Zhang said. “But then, at least we are doing something in facilitating the further improvement and avoiding the escalation of the tension.”

Asked whether the Security Council should respond to the nine missile launches by the DPRK in January, Zhang said council members are still consulting.



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