S.Korea, China Say War 'Can't Be Tolerated' on Korean Peninsula

  • By Jeong Woo-sang

    December 15, 2017 09:19

    The leaders of South Korea and China on Thursday agreed that war on the Korean Peninsula is unacceptable and they will seek a peaceful route to a nuclear-free peninsula in concert with the international community.

    Presidents Moon Jae-in and Xi Jinping called on North Korea to halt nuclear and missile tests, according to presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

    In a statement after the summit, Seoul said the two leaders agreed that North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs pose serious threats to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the international community and agreed to cooperate to bring North Korea back to the dialogue table through sanctions and pressure by faithfully adhering to UN Security Council resolutions.

    Moon did not ask Xi to halt supplies of crude oil to North Korea. Instead, he told Xi that he expects China to play a greater role, according to one Cheong Wa Dae official.

    President Moon Jae-in (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave a room after signing agreements in Beijing on Thursday. /Yonhap

    Xi again brought up the U.S.' deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery in southern Korea, even though the two countries officially put the matter behind them.

    In a closed-door meeting, Xi expressed hopes that Seoul will "continue to respect its stance and adequately address the issues," Yoon said.

    But Moon stressed the Oct. 31 agreement to normalize ties after the THAAD dispute and said, "It is important for the two countries to restore the bilateral relations as soon as possible based on mutual respect of the main interests of the two countries."

    The two countries decided earlier not to issue a joint statement after the summit.

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in (2nd from left) and his wife Kim Jung-sook (2nd from right) eat breakfast in a restaurant in Beijing on Thursday. /Yonhap

    Moon kicked off the second day of his visit to China by eating breakfast at a local restaurant in Beijing. Aside from lunch with Korean expats on the day of his arrival in China, Moon ate all his meals only with his Korean entourage until a state dinner Thursday.

    This suggests that Beijing is deliberately giving him the cold shoulder. The visit was also overshadowed by the savage beating of Korean reporters by Chinese security guards who had been hired by the South Korean organizers of a business fair.

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