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    China will continue taking steps aimed at promoting denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula and peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Monday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005, and conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

    "The position of China concerning peacekeeping and stability on the Korean peninsula is consistent and clear. We support denuclearization and settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula by means of peace talks and dialogue. We will continue to promote this process," Hua Chunying said at a briefing, commenting on the possibility of China-South Korea cooperation on the issue.

    In 2003, Pyongyang joined negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula with the United States, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea, after withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that it had ratified in 1985.

    The negotiations stalled in 2009 after North Korea had refused to take part in further discussions.

    Earlier on Sunday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaking at a high-level tripartite summit between Japan, South Korea and China said that the six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear program should be renewed to prevent a deteriorating situation on the Korean Peninsula.

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