|Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao on the Beijing TalksBetween China, DPRK and the United States (25/04/2003)|
Today, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao briefed the press on the Beijing talks between China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States on the DPRK’s nuclear issue. He said that the talks began on 23rd. China, the DPRK and the United States held two rounds of talks, during which all sides fully expounded on their stances and views on the DPRK’s nuclear issue, and expressed their aspirations and ideas for a peaceful settlement of the issue. A small group session was held on 24th, during which in-depth discussions were held on issues each side was concerned about. On the morning of 25th, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing met with the DPRK and U.S. delegations respectively.
During the talks, China had all along stressed that the Korean Peninsula should be nuclear-free and that the nuclear issue should be resolved peacefully. China's goal is very clear, which is to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. China will continue to work to this end.