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Premier Li urges parties concerned to promote peace, stability on Korean Peninsula

Updated: May 9,2018 11:40 AM     Xinhua

TOKYO — Premier Li Keqiang urged the parties concerned to seize opportunity to promote denuclearization, and maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula on May 9.

Premier Li made the remarks at a trilateral meeting in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Currently, the situation on the Korean Peninsula is at a crucial juncture for improvement, Premier Li said, calling for sticking to the direction of dialogue and reconciliation.

China supports the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea to improve ties, and congratulates them on holding a successful meeting between the two countries’ leaders, he said.

China hopes the upcoming DPRK-US summit will be smooth, he added.

“We are also in favor of dialogues among parties in various forms to address both the symptoms and root causes, promote a political settlement of the peninsula issue and establish a peace mechanism, so as to achieve lasting peace in the region,” Premier Li said.

China will continue to play a constructive role to this end, he told the press after the trilateral meeting.

Premier Li arrived in Tokyo on May 8 for an official visit to Japan and to attend the 7th China-Japan-South Korea leaders’ meeting. The trilateral meeting was resumed after a two-and-a-half-year suspension.