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    China Calls to Consider North Korean Proposal on Nuclear Program

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    The Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Liu Jieyi has called for consideration of the North Korean proposal to stop its nuclear testing program in exchange of cessation of joint military exercises by the US and South Korea.

    According to Liu Jieyi, "anything, anything, any proposal, no matter where the proposal comes from, so long it is conducive to a negotiated solution that will contribute to denuclearization and to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula should be studied very carefully."

    According to Jieyi, sanctions and military exercises won't reduce tensions with North Korea. It would take a wider, "multidimensional" approach, if the parties are to resolve the issue.

    Earlier, Pyongyang proposed stopping its nuclear test if the US and South Korea cancel their joint military exercises. The proposal has been denied by President Obama, who said that Pyongyang would "have to do better than that".

    The exercise, called Foal Eagle and dating from 1997, has been resumed this year, after a two-year hiatus. North Korea conducted a successful hydrogen bomb test this January, and launched a ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads from a submarine this month.

    The People's Republic of China has also repeatedly criticized the West for their presence in the South China Sea. While the US and allied countries seek to maintain what they call a "freedom of navigation and overflight" in the sea, China sees it as a military threat to their national security. This conflict has lead to a subsequent militarization of the region from both sides.

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