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Explanatory Remarks by Ambassador Wang Guangya at the Security Council After Taking Vote On Draft Resolution on DPRK Nuclear Test

2006/10/14

Mr. President,

The Security Council has adopted the resolution on DPRK nuclear test just now.

On 9 October 2006, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) flagrantly conducted a nuclear test in disregard of the common opposition of the international community. This is not conducive to peace and stability in Northeast Asia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China issued a statement on the same day and expressed firm opposition to this act. Proceeding from the overall interests of bringing about denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia, China supports the Security Council in making firm and appropriate response. We believe that the act of the Security Council should both indicate the firm position of the international community and help create enabling conditions for the final peaceful solution to the DPRK nuclear issue through dialogue. As the resolution has basically reflected the above spirit, the Chinese delegation has voted in favor of this resolution.

The Chinese side would like to reiterate here that sanction itself is not the end. As is stipulated by the relevant provisions of the resolution, if the DPRK complies with the relevant requests of the resolution, the Security Council will suspend or lift sanctions against DPRK. At the same time, we wish to point out that China does not approve of the practice of inspecting cargo to and from the DPRK. We therefore have reservations about the relevant provisions of the resolution. China strongly urges the countries concerned to adopt prudent and responsible attitude in this regard and refrain from taking any provocative steps that may intensify the tension.

Mr. President,

The Chinese Government has all along committed itself to bringing about denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. We always advocate seeking a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula through diplomatic means. China has made enormous and unremitting efforts for this end, initiated the Six-Party Talks, and pushed parties concerned to reach the Joint Statement of September 2005. Though there has appeared the negative development of DPRK nuclear test, our above policies remain unchanged. We still believe that the Six-Party Talks are the realistic means for handling the relevant issues. We also firmly oppose the use of force. China has noted with satisfaction that in condemning DPRK nuclear test, the parties concerned have all indicated the importance of adhering to diplomatic efforts.

Mr. President,

China believes that under the current circumstances, we should unswervingly stick to the objective of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, oppose nuclear proliferation, adhere to the general direction of resolving the issue through peaceful dialogue and negotiation, avoid any acts that may cause escalation of the tension and the situation out of control, and maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. This is in the common interests of all the parties concerned. All the parties should make vigorous and positive efforts for this end. China is ready and willing to strengthen consultations and coordination with other parties concerned so as to make cool-headed response, push forward the Six-Party process, and continue to play a constructive role in realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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