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Premier Wen: Critical consensus on denuclearization of Korean Peninsula reached during trilateral leaders' meeting

2009-10-11 11:32 BJT

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China, Japan and South Korea have vowed to boost mutual trust and pursue de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Leaders from the three countries unveiled plans to work closely together after attending a trilateral leaders' meeting in Beijing on Saturday.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama greeted each other ahead of their trilateral leaders' meeting.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of trilateral cooperation between the three nations. The leaders pledged to boost mutual political trust and step up strategic communication.

The joint statement emphasized the importance of properly addressing sensitive issues. It also stressed the importance of settling disputes through dialogue and consultation.

China, Japan and South Korea vowed to lobby for an early resumption of the six-party talks. They said their aim is to safeguard peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

Wen Jiabao says China has done a great deal to push for de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The Chinese premier said his visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea last week achieved important results.

Premier Wen said, "The DPRK showed no opposition to the talks and expressed willingness to tackle the issue through bilateral and multilateral dialogue. The DPRK hopes to improve ties with the United States, as well as with Japan and South Korea."

Wen says re-launching six-party talks on the DPRK nuclear issue presents new opportunities. But he warned such opportunities could be fleeting.