“[North Korea] signed its own death warrant,” said Wu Dawei(right), 70, China`s senior representative at the six-party talks in an interview with Maekyung Media Group Chairman Chang Dae-whan on Wednesday. “China warned North Korea to give up nuclear weapons several times but the country refused to listen,” he added, stressing “This is why China supported the resolution of strong sanctions against North Korea adopted by the U.N. Security Council.”
The Chinese top diplomat went on to say, “We visited Pyongyang from February 2 to February 4 to meet with three North Korean influential figures including Kim Kye-gwan, Senior Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and reaffirmed the country’s strong will to own nuclear weapons and conduct nuclear tests,” adding, “Back then, we delivered a massage to give up nuclear weapons in a decisive tone but the country let it go through one ear and out the other ear.”
He stressed that the Chinese government has stuck to three positions on the North Korean nuclear issue - supporting denuclearization and peace maintenance on the Korean peninsula, agreeing with sanctions against North Korea by the U.N. Security Council and opposing terminal high altitude area defense (THAAD) deployment in South Korea. He said, “China opposes all behaviors that could heighten tensions in the Korean peninsula,” adding, “This is also why we object to the THAAD deployment in Korea, as well as North Korean nuclear weapons.”
“The six-party talks have stalled and North Korea’ nuclear issue stayed unresolved because interests among involved countries are complex and subtle. We are well aware that this makes hard for the countries to work together and have used relations.”
He stressed that China is absolutely opposed to the THAAD deployment in Korea. “The deployment would harm China’s strategic national security interest and it is likely to make other countries such as China, Russia and the U.S. engage in discussion every day,” he said.
The Chinese diplomat said the two Koreas are equally important for China. “We considered the North a country with close tie but things have been different,” he said, adding, “We put importance on the strategic cooperation with South Korea, as well as traditional friendly relationship with North Korea.” He went on to say, “We would never shelter the reclusive country unless it gives up nuclear weapons and we are also keeping our balance in treating Seoul and Pyongyang.”
By Kim Dae-gi
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