Q: There are reports of talks today between DPRK officials and former US officials in Norway. What are the purposes of the talks? What has been China's and Norway's role in facilitating the talks?
A: We have noted relevant reports. I answered similar questions yesterday. Here I would like to emphasize again:
First, it has been China's position to peacefully resolve the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and consultation. Our position is consistent and known to all. It is the same stance that we have told the US, the DPRK and other relevant parties.
Second, the situation of the Korean Peninsula is complex, sensitive and highly tense. China always maintains contact with relevant parties to ask them to stay cool minded and avoid any actions of provocation and irritation, so that the situation will not be escalated. China also calls on and encourages various parties to resume dialogue and contact at an early date.
Third, China has noted the statement by the US side and its positive signal of peacefully resolving the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and consultation. We believe that relevant parties have also noticed the signal in a timely manner.
Fourth, China will stay in touch with relevant parties and work to bring the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula back to the right track of peaceful settlement through dialogue and consultation.
Q: Can you confirm that there are ongoing talks yesterday and today in Norway between DPRK officials and former US officials?
A: We have noted relevant reports.
Q: The ROK is having its presidential election today. Does the Chinese government hope that the new administration will stop the deployment of THAAD?
A: China's position on the THAAD issue is clear, consistent and unchanged.
Q: It has been previously reported that in 2015 China invited the DPRK to join the Belt and Road initiative. Is this true? Did the DPRK ever accept the invitation?
A: As far as I know, the DPRK will send an official delegation to attend relevant activities of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.