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Regional security at risk, say ministers

CHINESE Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin agreed in talks yesterday in Moscow that the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia was of major concern.

Their concern was driven by escalating tensions that they agreed could trigger a new arms race, threatening regional security.

They said all parties involved should remain calm and refrain from taking any action that might further aggravate the situation.

They said all relevant issues could be resolved through peaceful and diplomatic solutions such as negotiations, consultation and dialogue.

China and Russia believe that safeguarding the peace and stability of Northeast Asia accords with the interests of all countries in the region, they said, adding that both countries would make joint efforts to secure it.

Maintain peace

Both sides also reiterated their support for the goal of seeking complete and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The two countries will seriously pursue related United Nations resolutions in the hope that implementing them could help maintain peace and stability of the peninsula.

Both sides believed that the six-party talks were the only effective mechanism to resolve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Only within the framework of the talks, could all parties find solutions to their security concerns, the ministers said.

They said China and Russia were ready to make efforts, along with other parties, to resume the six-party talks.

Wu arrived on Thursday in Moscow to discuss the Korean nuclear crisis.

He will later visit the United States, Japan and South Korea.


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