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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 7, 2013

2013/03/08

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on March 7, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

Zhang Ping, Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission will attend the funeral of President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela on March 8 local time as President Hu Jintao's Special Envoy.

Q: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Iranian nuclear issue is getting closer to the "red line" and has become a substantive threat to Israel, adding that the international community should impose stronger sanctions against Iran, otherwise Israel would launch military strikes. What is China's comment?

A: As a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran is entitled to peaceful use of nuclear energy and should also fulfill its due international obligations. China always believes that dialogue and negotiation is the only right way to solve the Iranian nuclear issue. Sanctions will not help solve the issue, and use of force is even more undesirable. The past year's practice has proven that maintaining and pushing forward the dialogue process is conducive to the comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. The recent talks in Alma-Ata on the Iranian nuclear issue has yielded positive results. Relevant parties should seize the opportunity, step up diplomatic efforts, take a flexible and practical attitude, seek common grounds while resolving differences and strive to open a new period of substantive negotiation so as to make progress at an early date.

Q: It is reported that on March 6, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) re-appointed the current Director General Yukiya Amano to a further four-year term. What is China's comment?

A: China supports Yukiya Amano's re-election as Director General of the IAEA. We hope under his leadership, the IAEA will continue to fulfill its various responsibilities and play a fair, objective and constructive role. China will support the IAEA and the Director General's work as always and strengthen cooperation with the IAEA in all fields.

Q: Vitaly Churkin, Rotating President of the UN Security Council this month and Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said on March 6 that the Security Council strongly condemned the detention of a group of more than 20 UN peacekeepers by armed Syrian opposition near the Golan Heights and demanded their immediate release. What is China's comment on the incident?

A: China condemns the detention of UN peacekeepers by armed Syrian opposition and demands an immediate and unconditional release. Any attack or threat to the UN peacekeepers is unacceptable. China urges relevant parties to take effective measures to earnestly ensure the safety of UN peacekeepers.

After the press conference, a journalist asked for China's attitude towards the Security Council's draft resolution on sanctions against the DPRK's nuclear test.

Hua Chunying said that China supports the Security Council in taking necessary and appropriate reactions to the DPRK's nuclear test. Meanwhile, the reactions should be conducive to denuclearization of the Peninsula and the overall peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia, and should avoid further escalation of the tension. China always maintains that to fundamentally solve the Korean nuclear issue, dialogue and negotiation should be upheld and relevant parties' concerns should be addressed in a comprehensive and balanced way. In the above principle and spirit, China has maintained communication and consultation with relevant parties concerned on the discussion at the Security Council.

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