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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on April 10, 2013

2013/04/11

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on April 10, 2013.

Q: The ROK government reportedly said today that it had called on the Chinese government to exert pressure on the DPRK. What is China's response to the above request?

A: Recently, China has repeatedly made clear its position on the situation of the Korean Peninsula. China stands for safeguarding peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia, pushing forward denuclearization of the Peninsula and solving relevant issue through dialogue and negotiation. Under the current circumstances, all parties concerned should remain calm, exercise restraint, avoid actions that may escalate the tension and push for the turnaround of the situation. Meanwhile, all relevant parties should bear in mind the bigger picture of regional peace and stability, work for resumption of the Six-Party Talks, maintain dialogue and engagement, improve relations, press ahead with denuclearization of the Peninsula and seek long-lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

Q: A US Senator recently said that China could still step up pressure on the DPRK by using its influence over the country. What is China's comment?

A: We have repeatedly pointed out that it is the shared responsibility of all relevant parties to safeguard peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia and push forward denuclearization of the Peninsula. All parties concerned should truly shoulder their responsibilities. As I said earlier, the international community is highly concerned over the current situation on the Peninsula and hopes for peace and stability on the Peninsula. We hope all parties concerned could meet the common aspiration of the international community and do more that is conducive to regional peace and stability, turnaround of the situation and improvement of relations between relevant parties, rather than the contrary.

Q: It is reported that Iran launched two nuclear facilities on April 9. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that western countries could not block Iran's access to nuclear technology, let alone take it away, adding that cooperation with Iran is the best solution. Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Feryedoon Abbasi Davani said that the country "will continue to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity as long as it is needed." 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. At the second round of talks on the Iranian nuclear issue recently held in Almaty, Iran and the P5 plus one countries had serious and long hours of talks. China hopes that Iran will continue substantive dialogues with the P5 plus one countries, enhance cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), work for an early progress and create conditions for the comprehensive, long-term and proper solution of the Iranian nuclear issue. China stands ready to work with all relevant parties to continue making constructive efforts to this end.

Q: It is reported that Japan and Taiwan will sign a fishing agreement today. What is China's comment?

A: China's position on Taiwan's foreign exchanges is consistent and clear. China is concerned about negotiations on signing a fishing agreement between relevant organizations of Japan and Taiwan. We urge Japan to earnestly honor the one-China principle and its stated commitment on the Taiwan issue to properly and prudently deal with Taiwan-related issues.

Q: The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement on April 9 that five UN peacekeepers and seven civilians working for the UNMISS were killed in an ambush by unidentified attackers in South Sudan that day. What is China's comment?

A: China strongly condemns the violence against the UNMISS. We lament the death of victims and express condolences to their families. Any attack or threat against UN peacekeepers is unacceptable. China urges relevant parties to take effective measures to earnestly protect the safety of UN peacekeepers.

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