Xi Jinping offers Kim Jong-un to cooperate for world peace

Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote to the North Korean leader Kim Jong Unoffering to cooperate for “speed up the peacearound the world, North Korean state news agency KCNA said on Saturday. The letter comes as tensions are at their height on the Korean peninsula, after a record series of missile tests by Pyongyang and as Seoul, Washington and Tokyo have stepped up military cooperation.

Pyongyang notably launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on November 18 which fell off Japan, and Kim Jong-un threatened the United States with nuclear response if his country was attacked. “The world, time and history are changing in unprecedented ways“, underlined Mr. Xi in his response to a letter from Kim Jong-un, who had congratulated him on his historic reappointment as head of the Chinese Communist Party and the country in October. “Faced with this new situation, I am ready, with you, to contribute positively (…) to accelerating peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region and the rest of the world.“, he continued.

China is North Korea’s most important ally and trading partner, under severe UN sanctions over its nuclear and weapons programs. Following a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, China and Russia declined to join 14 countries, including the US, India, France and the UK , who condemned the Pyongyang ICBM firing on 18 November. In May, Beijing and Moscow vetoed a draft resolution presented by Washington to strengthen sanctions against North Korea.

During an interview last week on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, US President Joe Biden asked Xi Jinping to mean “clearlyto North Korea not to carry out a new nuclear test, as Seoul and Washington lend it the intention. “Certainly our diplomacy will strive to get China to join the countries that publicly condemn this today and use its influence to persuadeNorth Korea, a senior US official then said.


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