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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on April 9, 2013

2013/04/11

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on April 9, 2013.

Q: The DPRK yesterday announced closure of the Kaesong Industrial Park and today suggested foreign institutions, enterprises and tourists in the ROK to make evacuation plans. What is China's comment on the above actions of the DPRK?

A: On the DPRK's announcement to temporarily close the Kaesong Industrial Park, China believes that improvement of relations, reconciliation and cooperation between the DPRK and the ROK is conducive to peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula. The current situation on the Peninsula is complex and sensitive. We hope relevant parties could do more for peace and stability of the Peninsula.

On the DPRK's suggestion that foreigners in the ROK should evacuate, China believes that the current situation on the Peninsula is highly complex and sensitive. We oppose any party's actions that may escalate the tension or impair peace and stability of the Peninsula.

Q: How will China respond if the DPRK carry out a fourth nuclear test or launch a missile after April 10?

A: China always stands for safeguarding peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia and pushing forward denuclearization of the Peninsula. We call on relevant parties to solve the issue through dialogue and negotiation. Under the current circumstances, we urge all parties concerned to avoid actions that may escalate the tension, remain calm, exercise restraint, resumes talks as soon as possible, push for the turnaround of the situation and early resumption of the Six-Party Talks, address each other's concerns in a balanced way, press ahead with the denuclearization process of the Peninsula and contribute to realization of long-lasting peace and stability of Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula.

Q: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died of stroke on April 8. What is China's comment?

A: Thatcher was an outstanding stateswoman. She made important contributions to the development of China-UK relations, especially the peaceful solution of the Hong Kong issue. China laments her death and expresses condolences to her family.

Q: China has always called on all parties concerned of the Korean nuclear issue to maintain dialogue and communication, and is opposed to any provocative words and deeds as well as the DPRK's nuclear test and missile launch, but the DPRK's actions run against China's above position. What is China's comment?

A: It serves the common interests and is also the shared responsibility of all parties concerned to safeguard peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula. We hope relevant parties could earnestly shoulder their responsibility, safeguard the overall peace and stability in the region, avoid provocative actions or escalation of the tension, and seek a turnaround of the situation. Meanwhile, all parties concerned should bear in mind the long-term interests, resume the Six-Party Talks as soon as possible, maintain dialogue and engagement, improve relations, press ahead with the denuclearization of the Peninsula and seek long-lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia. China's position on the Korean nuclear issue is consistent and clear. We have made unremitting efforts to safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia and push forward the denuclearization process of the Peninsula. We will continue to do so.

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