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China confirms to US its dual-track approach

 Beijing, May 7: China endorsed to the US its “dual-track” approach to deal with North Korea, promoting denuclearization and establishment of a peace mechanism on the peninsula, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. During a telephone conversation on Saturday, Yang Jiechi, Political Bureau member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula. According to Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang, Yang highlighted China’s stance on denuclearization, peace and stability on the peninsula and insisted on the need for dialogue.

China urged all the parties to maintain a positive momentum to resolve the problem and to address “reasonable security concerns” in a balanced manner to achieve “the ultimate goal of peace and stability on the peninsula and in the region”. On May 2, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, met with his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong-ho and the two ministers are believed to have exchanged opinions about the outcome of the historic inter-Korean summit. (IANS)

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