Russian and Chinese initiative on solving Korean Peninsula’s problems (by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko for RT)

The recent DPRK’s missile launch caused serious concerns in the international community. These actions contradict relevant UN Security Council resolutions. Meanwhile, to avoid further escalation we all should maintain calm, renounce provocative moves or belligerence of all types and work actively together to defuse tension. Re-launching a dialogue on the comprehensive resolution of the problems is the only way to a sustainable settlement.

It is clear that this dialogue should be based on mutual respect and non-use of force or threat of force. The deployment of THAAD anti-missile systems in the South runs counter to that principle. It inflicts serious damage to security interests of regional states, including Russia and China, and does nothing to help achieve  aims of the Korean Peninsula’s denuclearisation, nor ensure peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

Russian-Chinese joint initiative could help solve this crisis, or at least help find the ways out of it. It is based on the Chinese ideas of “double freezing” of both missile and nuclear testing by the DPRK and large-scale joint exercises by the United States and the Republic of Korea plus “parallel advance” towards denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and creation of peace mechanisms on the peninsula, as well as on the Russian stage-by-stage Korean settlement plan.

On July 4 in Moscow Russia and China signed a joint statement on the Korean Peninsula to coordinate efforts in finding a complex solution to the crisis and achieving a lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia.