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China vows specific plans for peace treaty, denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

All News 10:57 March 12, 2016

BEIJING, March 12 (Yonhap) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has vowed to put forward specific plans in Beijing's proposal for pursuing peace treaty talks with North Korea in tandem with denuclearization negotiations.

Wang made the remarks during a press conference on Friday after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, according to a transcript of Wang's remarks posted on the Chinese foreign ministry's website.

Wang said the "parallel track" approach of pursuing both a peace treaty and denuclearization at the same time is an "equitable, reasonable and workable solution."

Wang said China will "put forward specific plans" to help materialize the Chinese proposal.

In the wake of North Korea's fourth nuclear test and rocket launch this year, China has proposed to pursue peace treaty talks with the North in tandem with denuclearization negotiations as a way to defuse heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Signing a peace treaty, which would replace the armistice that halted the 1950-53 Korean War, has been one of Pyongyang's long-running goals, but the U.S. and South Korea have demanded the North abandon its nuclear program first.

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