China calls for resumption of US-DPRK dialogue

China on Friday called on the US and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resume dialogue, break the deadlock and work towards the peaceful resolution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. 


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks on Friday in Beijing during a regular press conference. 

In response to the 5th plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea (CCWPK) that was concluded earlier this week, Geng said that China, as a friendly neighbor, supported DPRK's efforts and achievements in promoting economic development and improving people's livelihood. 

He also urged the DPRK and the US to join hands in sustaining dialogue, promoting de-escalation and advancing the political settlement of the peninsula issue.

When attending the latest plenary meeting, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un declared that the country would promote its project for developing strategic weapons and "the world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Wednesday.

Kim said that the DPRK had taken the lead in halting nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and abolishing its nuclear test site to build trust with the United States over the last two years, but, the US had responded with joint military exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) and more sanctions on the DPRK.