Russia, China call for restraint over Korean Peninsula

China's President Xi Jinping (L) is welcomed by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (R) during the opening ceremony of "The Year of Chinese Tourism in Russia" in Moscow, on March 22, 2013. China's new president Xi Jinping arrived today in Moscow on his first foreign visit since assuming the presidency earlier this month. Xi Jinping and his counterpart Vladimir Putin are set to oversee the signing of a number of energy and investment agreements including a deal that will see Russia ramp up oil supplies to China. AFP PHOTO / POOL / SERGEI ILNITSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI ILNITSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
China and Russia have asked all relevant parties on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue to exercise restraint and halt actions that could aggravate tensions in the region, read a statement released Wednesday.

The statement came after the eighth China-Russia consultation on security situation in Northeast Asia, which was co-chaired Tuesday by China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.

China and Russia have been closely following the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and they adhere to the goal of denuclearization of the peninsula, according to the statement.