Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Has a Phone Conversation Respectively with the Foreign Ministers of the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK)

On April 13 and 14, 2012, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi had a phone conversation respectively with U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and ROK's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kim Sung-hwan and exchanged views with them on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Yang said that China has noticed the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has implemented the satellite launch program as well as the reactions of all parties concerned. For some time, China has maintained close communications with all parties concerned. China believes that to respond to the current situation, all parties concerned should keep the overall situation in mind and take the peace and stability on the peninsula as a starting and standing point. All parties concerned should make correct assessment of the situation, remain calm and exercise restraint so as to ease the situation.

Yang stressed that China's position on the Korean Peninsula issue is consistent and clear. China will continue to maintain communication and coordination with the parties concerned, including the U.S. and ROK so as to properly deal with the current state of affairs. China will continue to adhere to the 9·19 Joint Statement, advance the six-party talks process and jointly maintain the peace and stability of the Peninsula and the region.

Hilary Clinton and Kim Sung-hwan said that they attach great importance to China's position and role on the Korean Peninsula issue and are willing to maintain communication and coordination with the Chinese side concerning this matter.

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