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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the ROK

On September 20, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea (ROK) when attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi expressed that China understands the ROK's needs to safeguard national security, but is resolutely opposed to the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in the country. Since it exceeds the self-defense needs of the ROK and is detrimental to China's strategic security interests, China urges the ROK to address squarely China's legitimate concern and handle this issue in a swift and proper manner, so as to remove a stumbling block in the development of bilateral relations in a practical manner.

Kang Kyung-wha expressed that bilateral relations have witnessed immense progress as well as some setbacks over the past 25 years since the ROK and China established diplomatic relations. The ROK is willing to strengthen communication with China to find a proper solution to the THAAD issue and promote the recovery of revitalization and impetus of bilateral relations.

On the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Wang Yi pointed out that China will continue to strictly implement UN Security Council resolutions concerning the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The resolutions not only stipulate the imposition of sanctions, call for the resumption of negotiations but also stress the need to find a peaceful resolution to the issue. China hopes the resolutions can be implemented in a comprehensive and complete manner. With the gradual process of the sanctions, efforts should be made to turn the pressure of sanctions into a thrust for negotiations at a proper timing. It is hoped that the ROK will continue to give careful consideration to China's suspension-for-suspension proposal and make efforts to ease the current tension on the Korean Peninsula. Wang Yi said that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is China's unswerving goal. China will hold the target to the end no matter how long it takes or how difficult it is to attain.

Kang Kyung-wha expressed that the ROK has always committed to solving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue peacefully, and does not want war on the Korean Peninsula again. The ROK side adheres to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and will stick to its commitments not to redeploy tactic nuclear weapons on the Peninsula.

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