China, Russia aim to lift some DPRK sanctions on North Korea

China and Russia on Tuesday submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council, calling for some sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to be lifted according to its compliance with relevant UN resolutions.

The draft resolution, aimed at a political settlement of the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear issue, has been handed to UN Security Council members, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

“We hope the Security Council will speak with one voice in support of a political resolution of the peninsula issue,” Geng said.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula is at an important, sensitive point, and the need for a political resolution has become more urgent, Geng said. He called on the international community to continue the momentum of dialogue and avoid the reoccurrence of tensions and confrontations.

Geng said the Security Council must perform its duties as granted by the UN Charter and take concrete measures in this regard. The five permanent members of the Security Council are China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and France.

Russia’s Sputnik news agency said the text of the document shows that the resolution proposes to exempt the inter-Korean rail and road cooperation from UN sanctions and lift all measures previously imposed by the Security Council directly related to civilian livelihood, among others.

China has been playing the Korean card to bargain with the Western countries.

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