China, U.S. seek improvement on nonproliferation communication

China and the U.S. affirmed their shared intention to improve cooperation and communication in relation to nonproliferation, arms control and international security issues, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

The State Department released the outcomes on Friday of the strategic track of the fifth round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. The talks, which took place in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday, included comprehensive discussions on a wide range of issues meant to deepen trust and cooperation between the two countries.

The U.S. and China discussed the improvements made in bilateral cooperation on nonproliferation during the last year and acknowledged the necessity of cooperation to prevent the proliferation of missile technologies and weapons of mass destruction. Both countries called for the development of a plan to improve future cooperation.

The two sides also discussed the proliferation of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and in Iran. The U.S. and China called for all needed steps by each party of the Six-Party Talks to create conditions necessary to resume the discussions on denuclearization in North Korea and other relevant issues.

Both sides also reaffirmed the commitment to taking an active role in the P5+1 negotiations with Iran, calling on Iran to take concrete steps to satisfy the concerns of the international community.

"The two sides are agreed that Iran should fulfill its international obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and both sides called for full implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1696, 1737, 1747, 1803, 1835, and 1929," the State Department said.