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JH Ahn was an NK News contributor based in Seoul. He previously worked as an interpreter for United States Forces Korea.
The U.S. on Wednesday said that it and China have agreed on drafting a new UN resolution against North Korea.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also said that “ultimate” peace between North Korea and the U.S. might be possible should Pyongyang choose denuclearization.
“(The U.S. and China’s) reactions have the purpose of bringing the DPRK back to the table of the Six-Party Talks and particularly discussions about denuclearization,” said Kerry in remarks on Tuesday.
On the following day, in response to North Korea’s provocations, the official White House press release said that U.S. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reached an agreement, “including through a UN Security Council Resolution” that goes beyond previous resolutions.
Two parties spoke that the aim for the new UN resolution is to seek for the negotiation of denuclearization with North Korean government.
“China would like to emphasize that the Security Council resolution cannot provide a fundamental solution to the Korean nuclear issue,” said Wang on Tuesday.
“To really do that, we need to return to the track of dialogue and negotiation. And the Secretary (Kerry) and I discussed this many times, and we agree on this.”
Also, Kerry noted that the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system China strongly opposes would be rendered moot if North Korea decides to denuclearize.
“We have said that if we can get to denuclearization, there’s no need to deploy THAAD.”
And Kerry suggested further deescalation on the Korean Peninsula could be possible.
“Now, we have said that the way to not only prevent THAAD from being deployed but also to see America be in a position to have less troops on the peninsula – maybe, one day – is by resolving the issue of the nuclear program in the DPRK,” Kerry said, “and ultimately making peace on the peninsula.”
Talk of a U.S.-North Korea peace treaty surfaced when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported earlier in the week that the Obama administration and North Korea briefly discussed starting negotiations on a peace treaty to end the Korean War, just before the North’s fourth nuclear test.
A former ambassador said the denuclearization of North Korea is not going to happen easily.
“Past attempts to denuclearize North Korea, via the Six-Party Talks, have failed. So what’s more important than the agreement itself would be how the concerned parties decide to engage in fulfilling the agreement in the future,” Sohn Seon-hong, former diplomat and current visiting professor at Chungnam National University told NK News.
Featured image: Chinese Foreign Ministry