Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on May 16, 2018
The 13th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) National Security Council Secretaries will be held in Beijing on May 21 and 22. At the invitation of State Councilor Zhao Kezhi, Indian Deputy National Security Adviser Rajinder Khanna, Presidential Aide and Secretary of National Security Council of Kazakhstan Nurlan Ermekbaev, Secretary of the National Security Council of Kyrgyzstan Damir Sagynbayev, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security Nasser Khan Janjua, Secretary of the National Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the National Security Council of Tajikistan Abdurahim Kahorov, Secretary of the National Security Council of Uzbekistan Makhmudov Victor Vladimirovich, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov, and Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure Yevgeniy Sysoyev will attend the meeting. The participants will exchange views on the regional security situation and security cooperation priorities of the SCO.
Q: Vice foreign minister of the DPRK said that if the US is unilaterally forcing the DPRK to abandon their nuclear program, the DPRK will "reconsider" its summit with the US. Also, the DPRK criticized the recent large-scale joint military exercises held by the ROK and the US and decided to halt a high-level DPRK-ROK meeting previously scheduled to be held on May 16. What is your comment?
A: I have noted these two reports you mentioned.
On your fist question, the current momentum for dialogue and détente on the Korean Peninsula, which does not come by easily and should be cherished by all, meets the common interests of all parties and represents the shared aspiration of the international community. When the peaceful political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue is facing important opportunities, all relevant parties, the US and the DPRK in particular, should meet each other halfway, demonstrate goodwill and sincerity to each other, jointly create enabling conditions and atmosphere for their summit, and make positive efforts for the denuclearization and enduring stability of the Korean Peninsula.