|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 24, 2013|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 24, 2013.
Q: The DPRK's National Defense Commission released a statement on January 24, declaring that it would keep launching satellites and long-range rockets and conduct a high-level nuclear test as part of its all-out anti-US decisive battle. All these will target the US, the sworn enemy of the Korean people. What is China's comment?
A: It serves the interests of all parties to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and safeguard its peace and stability. The situation there is complex and sensitive at the moment, therefore we call on all relevant parties to keep calm, be discreet in word and deed and refrain from any move that could escalate regional tension.
Q: China has repeatedly called for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. However, the DPRK's statement today says that the Six-Party Talks and the September 19 Joint Statement will no longer exist and there will never be any more talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Will China consider adjusting its DPRK policy?
A: We have expounded on many occasions China's position on the Korean Peninsula issue. We always maintain that the Korean Peninsula should realize denuclearization and all parties should work together for peace and stability of the Peninsula. China believes that the Six-Party Talks is an effective mechanism for the realization of the above goals. All parties should strengthen contact, enhance mutual trust, improve relations and defuse disputes within the framework of the Six-Party Talks in a bid to address all parties' concerns in a comprehensive and balanced manner, move stably towards the objectives set by the September 19 Joint Statement, press ahead with the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and safeguard its peace and stability. China will work unremittingly towards that end together with the international community.
Q: A boat from Taiwan's "Chinese Association for Protecting the Diaoyu Islands" set sail to waters off the Diaoyu Islands on January 24. It left after being obstructed by ships from the Japanese Coast Guard. What is China's comment?
A: China's position on the Diaoyu Islands issue is consistent, clear and firm. We have been following closely the development of the situation.
Q: How will China persuade the DPRK to come back to the Six-Party Talks?
A: China's position on the Korean Peninsula issue is consistent and clear. We have been committed to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and safeguarding its peace and stability together with all parties. The situation of the Peninsula is extremely complex and sensitive at the moment. We hope that all parties would keep calm, be discreet in word and deed, take a longer view, push for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks, move stably towards the objectives set by the September 19 Joint Statement and contribute their due share to the lasting peace of Northeast Asia.