China and U.S. discuss denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula on Thursday with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Washington.

During a press conference on Thursday, Kerry and Wang said that the denuclearization of North Korea would be an important topic to be discussed later that day during a meeting. Kerry said that the U.S. and China share an interest in both North Korea and Iran.

"We will also engage in very important conversation about North Korea today," Kerry said. "China plays a very special role in addressing the North Korean nuclear challenge and in achieving our shared goal: the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. China and the United States also have a shared interest in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and our close cooperation will be critical to that effort, and the foreign minister and I will discuss this further today."

Wang said it was an important time for the parties involved in the Six-Party Talks to review the past and determine how to proceed in the denuclearization of North Korea.

"To achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia serves the common interests of China and the United States," Wang said. "I look forward to having a deep discussion with secretary on how we can work together to re-launch the Six-Party Talks and effectively push forward the denuclearization process. And I am confident that we will be able to reach (a) new, important agreement."

Wang also said that China welcomed the framework agreement reached between the U.S. and Russia to remove chemical weapons from Syria. He said that China supports the resolution of the Syrian conflict through political means.