09 Dec '17, 7pm

China is pessimistic about Korean crisis

SEOUL, South Korea (Tribune News Service) –– China expressed pessimism about bringing the North Korean standoff to a peaceful resolution, even as Kim Jong Un’s regime touted new United Nations support for “regular” talks. Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi said Saturday that “the outlook is not optimistic” on the Korean Peninsula and urged both sides to end what he said was a “vicious cycle” of confrontation. Wang’s remarks –– part of a broad foreign policy speech in Beijing –– came after North Korea said that a departing United Nations delegation had agreed to communications to help ease tensions. Wang said there was still hope for a diplomatic solution and reiterated a Chinese proposal for both sides to build trust by suspending military drills and weapons tests. “The first step to pull the situation on the peninsula out of the current ‘black hole’ of confrontation is to cr...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/china-is-pessimistic...

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