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Statement by Ambassador Liu Jieyi at the Security Council Briefing on the situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

2014/12/22

Mr. President,

China is opposed to exploiting the existence of large-scale violations of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as a reason to include the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the agenda of the Security Council. The Charter of the United Nations stipulates explicitly that the primary responsibility of the Security Council is to maintain international peace and security. The United Nations organs each have their own respective functions and mandates. The Security Council is not a forum designed for involvement in human rights issues, and still less should human rights issues be politicized. Currently, international peace and security are faced with numerous daunting challenges. The Security Council should strictly abide by its responsibilities and concentrate on addressing issues that really concern international peace and security.

The situation on the Korean peninsula remains complex and sensitive. Upholding the goal of the denuclearization of the peninsula, maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and insisting on dialogue and consultations as a way to resolve issues is in the common interests of all parties concerned and should be the direction towards which all parties should work together. The Security Council should work more to facilitate dialogue and ease tensions and refrain from doing anything that might cause an escalation of tensions. The Security Council’s inclusion of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea situation on its agenda in order to involve itself of the situation of human rights in that country will work against those goals and can only do harm rather than good.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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