Mao's Grandson Calls on N.Korea to Abandon Nukes

Mao Xinyu gives an interview with the press after the National Committee of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference meeting in Beijing on Sunday. /Xinhua-Newsis Mao Xinyu gives an interview with the press after the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference meeting in Beijing on Sunday. /Xinhua-Newsis

Mao Xinyu, the only grandson of Mao Zedong and a major general in China's People's Liberation Army, has clled on North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

"North Korea must go towards denuclearization and peaceful development" the state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Mao as saying on Tuesday. He added that denuclearization in North Korea "is a cherished wish of the Chinese people."

Mao is an outspoken member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

A diplomatic source in Beijing said, "The fact that Mao Xinyu, a prominent figure among the children and relatives of the Chinese revolutionaries, mentioned denuclearization of North Korea reflects the very high level of frustration among Chinese people about North Korea's third nuclear test."

China's next leader Xi Jinping is also one of the so-called "princelings" in that group.

Mao Xinyu is the only son of the Great Helmsman's second son Anqing. Some 24 princelings are part of the 2,237-member Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a political advisory body intended to represent a wider range of opinions than the Communist Party.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 06, 2013 11:56 KST