China reaffirms stance on denuclearized Korean Peninsula

May 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM
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BEIJING, May 24 (UPI) -- President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China's position against a nuclear Korean Peninsula Friday, stressing that all parties must work for peace and stability.

During a meeting with Choe Ryong Hae, the special envoy of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, Xi stressed that denuclearization, long-lasting peace and constancy on the peninsula are common aspirations shared by all in the region, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

"China has a very clear position concerning the issue that all the parties involved should stick to the objective of denuclearization, safeguard the peace and stability on the peninsula, and resolve disputes through dialogue and consultation," Xi said.

A spokeswoman for South Korean President Park Geun-hye said the leader's upcoming trip to China will be a state visit, the highest level of diplomatic contact between two nations, Yonhap reported Friday.

"President Park Geun-hye plans to make a state visit to China at the end of June at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping," spokeswoman Kim Haing said. "China requested a state visit from the very start."

Kim said the two countries will announce details of Park's visit at the end of June soon.

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